Oklahoma House approves three anti-abortion measures

Two bills approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would make it harder for young women to receive an abortion without notifying a parent. Another bill would expand the state's abortion reporting law.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: March 13, 2013

She said the existing state parental notification law is working.

“Some of these young people are impregnated by family members, neighbors, and what this notification does is it complicates that process,” McDaniel said. “I would ask you to leave it the way it is.”

The measure's author, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, said, “This is a good bill … because we are dealing with human life here.

“The solution for incest is to take these guys and lock them up and not them let them back out,” she said.

The House also voted 81-13 to approve HB 1361, which would allow the judicial bypass procedure to remain. The measure, by Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond, would require a pregnant woman younger than 18 to go only to a judge in the county where she lives.

The House also voted 79-15 to pass HB 2015, which would add more questions to the Individual Abortion Form completed by the abortion provider.

It also would add more reporting measures to the Annual Abortion Report issued by the state Health Department and allow registered voters to initiate legal proceedings against an abortion provider who fails to comply with the reporting requirements.

The measure's author, Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, said the intent is to update reporting requirements to reflect laws passed the past couple of years. Oklahoma lawmakers passed the state's statistical abortion reporting law in 2010.

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