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Gov. Mary Fallin signs anti-abortion bill, dozens more

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 Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. The bill was one of two dozen bills signed by the governor Monday .
by Randy Ellis Published: April 29, 2014
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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.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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