Oklahoma governor signs fetal heartbeat bill

Oklahoma abortion providers will be required to offer a woman the opportunity to hear the fetus's heartbeat. The measure takes effect Nov. 1.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 28, 2012
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Ryan Kiesel, a former state lawmaker who is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, questioned the need for the law.

“It's just another example of the Legislature trying to substitute their decisions for the decisions that should be made by the doctors and their patients,” he said.

“Requiring physicians to do something because it serves a political purpose does a disservice to the practice of medicine and the people of Oklahoma who depend upon it.”

Kiesel said his group will watch to see how the law is implemented.

“If we find that this law is being applied in a way to create an unconstitutional burden to a woman's access to her constitutionally protected rights to reproductive health care, then we're certainly going to be interested in remedying that situation,” he said.