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.
Effective Nov. 1, the two forms will be part of the paperwork that's mandatory to fill out when a pregnant girl seeks an abortion.
Under the recent law change, a parent must not only provide ID and prove that he or she is a parent, but the parent must also certify in a signed, dated and notarized statement, “I certify that I, (insert name of parent), am the parent of (insert name of minor daughter) and give consent for (insert name of physician) to perform an abortion on my daughter. I understand that any person who knowingly makes a fraudulent statement in this regard commits a felony.”