Oklahoma Board of Health approves abortion paperwork updates

Effective Nov. 1, parents of minor girls seeking abortions in Oklahoma will have to provide proof that they're the parents of the pregnant girls. The board also voted to create a form that a doctor performing an emergency abortion must complete.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: October 9, 2013
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On Tuesday, the state Board of Health held a special meeting and went into an hour of executive session to discuss what paperwork was necessary to create or update regarding girls under 18 seeking abortions in Oklahoma.

The board voted to update a parental consent form for pregnant minors seeking abortions, adding that two attachments are required: a copy of the parent's government-issued ID and “written documentation that establishes he or she is the lawful parent of the pregnant female.”

The board also voted to create a form that a doctor performing an emergency abortion must complete. Board member Dr. Terry Gerard, who works as an emergency room physician in Durant, abstained from both votes.

Two laws that passed during the 2013 legislative session, House Bill 1588 and House Bill 1361, required the board to adopt such forms.

The board created a form, titled “Physician Medical Emergency Affidavit, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” If a doctor finds that a pregnant minor must undergo an emergency abortion, the doctor must fill out the form and notify the girl's parent by certified mail that he or she performed the abortion.


by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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