Abortion Bills Set for Hearing in House Committee

Feb 11, 2014

Broken Arrow's Mike Ritze
Credit State of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma are scheduled for a hearing in a state House committee.

The House Public Health Committee is expected to consider both bills during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

Supporters of the bills say they're designed to protect the health of women who have an abortion in Oklahoma. Opponents argue the bills would make it more difficult for a woman to have an abortion.