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Sat April 28, 2012

Oklahoma Governor signs 'Fetal Heartbeat' bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed the so-called "Fetal Heartbeat" bill into law.

The legislation requires abortion providers to inform women that they have the right to hear the heartbeat their fetus before having an abortion.

Supporters say the measure gives women additional information before deciding to abort.

Opponents say it duplicates state law that requires women to listen to the fetus' heartbeat as part of informed consent laws on abortion.

Fallin signed the bill Friday. It takes effect Nov. 1.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.