Oklahoma Capitol briefs for May 9, 2012

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for May 9, 2012
Published: May 9, 2012
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Fallin signs measure letting women sue abortion providers

Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Tuesday a bill that allows a woman to bring a lawsuit against abortion providers and prescribers of abortion-inducing drugs or chemicals for not following voluntary and informed consent provisions of state law related to abortions.

House Bill 2561 has a provision that removes from civil liability doctors who refer a woman with a problem pregnancy to an abortion provider unless they knew the abortion provider had violated the state's informed consent law.

Abortion providers or those prescribing abortion-inducing drugs could be sued by failing to follow state law that requires an ultrasound image and heart tone monitoring be provided before an abortion is performed, according to the measure.

They also must inform the parents if the woman is a minor; parents are to be notified at least 48 hours in advance before a minor can receive an abortion.

The woman, or her parents or guardian if she is a minor, could file a lawsuit for actual and punitive damages equal to those for the wrongful death of a child whose life was aborted.

It can include damages for mental anguish and emotional distress. Any lawsuit would have to be filed within two years of the abortion. HB 2561 takes effect Sept. 1.

Governor signs bill limiting

sales of meth ingredient

A bill designed to reduce methamphetamine production was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin. House Bill 2941 restricts pseudoephedrine purchases and improves Oklahoma's electronic tracking system of the drug's sale.

Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in cold and allergy medication as well as in methamphetamine. HB 2941 limits purchases of pseudoephedrine to 3.6 grams per day, or 15 tablets of 24-hour pseudoephedrine.

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