A woman seeking an abortion due to a fetal anomaly incompatible with life must be informed of the availability of prenatal hospice services under an anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.
The bill was one of two dozen bills signed by the governor Monday.
House Bill 2685 bans abortions unless patients provide voluntary and informed consent at least 24 hours prior to the abortion, except in cases of medical emergencies.
The new law makes it a felony to “knowingly or recklessly” perform an abortion or attempt to perform an abortion in violation of the terms of the act.
Among other bills signed by the governor Monday were:
•House Bill 2536, which authorizes parents or legal guardians to execute powers of attorney to give someone else the authority to care and take custody of their children for up to one year.
•House Bill 2587, which expands the list of behaviors that constitute food stamp fraud to include such things as purchasing a product with food stamps with the intent of reselling it or exchanging food stamp benefits for firearms, ammunition, explosives, or controlled substances.
•House Bill 2791, which gives the secretary of the Oklahoma Medical Licensure and Supervision Board the power to issue subpoenas in conjunction with physician unprofessional conduct investigations.
•House Bill 2810, which requires county assessors to adjust property values for tax purposes when property or land is destroyed or partially destroyed.
•House Bill 2859, which gives any district or municipal court the authority to establish a mental health court where a judge can respond to relapses with progressive sanctions or incentives.
•Senate Bill 934, which allows children under 18 to possess firearms for hunting, training, safety classes and competitions as long as they have permission from a parent or legal guardian.