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Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry signs 3 anti-abortion measures

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: April 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm •  Published: April 5, 2010

House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, has defended the measures, saying the Legislature's motivation "is the respect and sanctity of life in the womb."

The three measures were contained in two bills, one passed in 2008 and the other passed in 2009, which contained several anti-abortion measures.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed lawsuits against both bills. Both were struck down by the courts.

The bills were found to have violated a requirement in the Oklahoma Constitution that that legislation deal with a single subject.

Legislators this year filed separate bills for each of the seven measures that were contained in the two bills.

A staff attorney for The Center for Reproductive Rights said the measures would interfere with a woman's right to an abortion and her privacy.