Four anti-abortion measures receive Oklahoma House panel’s approval

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: February 23, 2010
A House committee Monday approved four anti-abortion measures that were included in two earlier laws that since were struck down by the courts.

The bills all go to the full House.

House Bill 2780, which passed the House Judiciary Committee 10-1, would require a woman get a description of ultrasound images of her unborn child and be offered those images before getting an abortion. The measure would exempt a pregnant woman seeking an abortion and experiencing a medical emergency from having to be shown ultrasound images of her fetus, said the bill’s author, Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay.

The committee also passed on a 10-1 vote HB 3110, which would protect rights of health care providers who refuse to take part in abortions.

It also passed on a 10-1 vote HB 3290, which would ensure that RU 486, which can end an early pregnancy, is used in accordance with Federal Drug Administration guidelines.

All three bills were part of legislation passed in 2008. The governor vetoed the measure and legislators overrode it.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the measure. In August, an Oklahoma County judge struck down the law after deciding it violated a requirement in the state constitution that legislation cover a single subject. Politics coverage