Local & Regional
Thu April 21, 2011
New Abortion Bills
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma governor signs 2 abortion bills
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a pair of bills intended to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma.
Flanked by more than 30 lawmakers, Fallin on Wednesday signed a bill that makes it a felony crime for doctors to perform abortions after a woman reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" and is based on the premise that a fetus can experience pain after 20 weeks.
The law includes an exemption for abortions performed when the life of the mother is at risk or if there is a risk of physical impairment of a "major bodily function."
The second bill prohibits health insurance plans in Oklahoma offered under the new federal health care law from offering coverage for elective abortions.