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Okla. Senate panel approves 3 anti-abortion bills

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, opposed all three measures and accused Republicans of putting more barriers in front of women seeking a legal medical procedure that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This bill is yet another attempt to interfere with women's reproductive health care rights," Johnson said. "This is a decision that's up to a woman and her doctor."

The final bill, which adds questions abortion providers must answer, was designed to update the questionnaire to include several abortion-related measures that have passed in recent years, said Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City. Loveless sponsored the bill in the Senate. But opponents have argued the measure is an attempt to intimidate and overburden abortion providers.

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House Bill 1588: http://bit.ly/YbbnT0

House Bill 1361: http://bit.ly/13U8fSa

House Bill 2015: http://bit.ly/14R1nSZ