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Abortion bills clear Oklahoma House committee

Published: February 11, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma have easily cleared a state House committee.

Members of the House Public Health Committee approved both bills during its regular meeting Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

Supporters of the bills say they’re designed to protect the health of women who have an abortion in Oklahoma. Opponents argue the bills further target a woman’s right to a legal medical procedure.

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Online:

House Bill 2418: http://bit.ly/1gnKhkM

House Bill 2684: http://bit.ly/1aOZe1b