Planned Parenthood testifies on abortion bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm •  Published: March 4, 2013
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Coghill said in his sponsor statement that "the term 'medically necessary abortion' has acquired a constitutional component of unknown scope."

Opponents argue that it gives politicians a say in a decision that should be made by doctors and their patients.

"We don't turn to government for advice about other medical care," Jennifer Allen, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, the group's political division, told the committee. "Doctors — not government — are the right ones to decide what's medically necessary."

A handful of people that called in to testify also said the bill discriminates against poor women who can't afford an abortion.

The bill's supporters argue that the state should not pay for an elective procedure that many of the population finds morally reprehensible. Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, called the thought of an elective abortion "repulsive."

The bill was held in committee and public testimony remains open.

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