Oklahoma House panel approves anti-abortion measures

A committee member fears the push for additional restrictions will drive abortions to back alleys.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: February 13, 2013
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Committee members also voted 7-3 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 under 18 to go only to a judge in the county where she lives.

HB 1361 now goes to the full House.

Committee members also approved 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.

Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, said the intent of his measure, which now goes to the full House, is to update reporting requirements to reflect laws passed. Oklahoma lawmakers passed the state's statistical abortion reporting law in 2010.

Ritze said many of the abortions in the state were occurring undercover after midnight, but Cox called that “a bunch of horse hockey.”

“These things are done in clinics inspected by the Health Department under sterile, medical conditions,” Cox said. “This bill basically is trying to intimidate the providers who do those.”

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