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Mon April 26, 2010

Abortion Fight

Oklahoma City, OK – Abortion showdown looms in Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A showdown between Oklahoma's Democratic governor and the GOP-controlled Legislature is expected to play out this week after Henry vetoed two abortion bills.

Gov. Brad Henry vetoed both measures on Friday, and Republican leaders quickly vowed to attempt an override, which would be the first such attempt this year.

Henry vetoed one bill that would require women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound exam and listen to a doctor describe the fetus. The other measure would prevent so-called "wrongful-life" lawsuits in cases where a parent might argue that a child with birth defects or other problems would have been better off aborted.

Although Republicans control both the House and Senate, they would need Democratic support to override Henry's veto.