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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Oklahoma Senate approved bill requring pre-abortion questionnaire
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On May 11, 2010, the Oklahoma Senate voted by a 32-11 margin to approve a bill (HB 3284) requiring women seeking an abortion to complete a questionnaire before the procedure. The Statistical Abortion Bill Act probes into such areas as marital status, reasons for seeking an abortion and whether the woman's pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. A state court judge struck down an identical bill in February 2010, deeming it to be in violation of the state constitution's requirement that a law cover one subject. Former Democratic Governor Brad Henry vetoed the bill on May 24, 2010, for being "personally intrusive," but the House of Representatives and Senate overrode the veto on May 26, 2010.

Read an overview of Reproductive Rights in Features.

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