Fallin signs into law legislation banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and preventing health insurance policies sold in Oklahoma from covering elective abortions.
The Legislature overrides Gov. Brad Henry's veto of a bill requiring doctors performing abortions to collect patient data such as marital status, previous pregnancies and reasons for ending a pregnancy.
Three abortion-related bills are signed into law, making it illegal to have an abortion based on the sex of the unborn child; creating the Freedom of Conscience Act; and regulating the prescription of RU-486 (mifepristone) and its use in inducing abortions.
A bill to prohibit public money and institutions from being used to perform abortions becomes law. SB 139 also allowed abortions to save a mother's life and in cases of rape or incest.
Henry signed legislation requiring a minor to gain a parent's consent before getting an abortion; requiring a woman to be informed that her unborn baby, if 20 weeks or older, may feel pain during an abortion and that anesthesia could be administered to the baby to relieve that pain; giving an option to a woman seeking an abortion to view her unborn child by ultrasound before the procedure; allowing funding to be directed to organizations that help pregnant women with counseling and support services.
Henry signs into law legislation allowing prosecutors to charge suspects with the death or injury of an unborn child; requiring parents to be notified if their minor child is seeking an abortion; and requiring pregnant women to be provided with additional facts about abortion before they can undergo such a medical procedure.
Compiled by: Staff Writer Nolan Clay and
News Research Editor Linda Lynn