A House panel narrowly voted Tuesday to approve a measure that would make it a crime to perform any form of embryonic stem cell research. The same committee also approved a measure that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on an unborn child who is 20 or more weeks of age.
Abortions now are allowed up to 24 weeks; after that they can be provided because of serious health issues.
The House of Representatives Public Health Committee passed House Bill 1442 by a 6-5 vote. It now goes to the full House.
A similar measure passed the Republican-controlled Legislature two years ago but was vetoed by then-Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat.
Gov. Mary Fallin, elected in November, is a
“This legislation simply makes it illegal to create unborn children with the intent of killing them for research purposes,” said Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, the bill's
HB 1442 would make