Pro-Life Rally at the Capitol

Oklahoma City, OK – Anti-abortion Okla. lawmakers continue push

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Anti-abortion Oklahoma lawmakers vow to continue pushing for tighter restrictions on abortion.

On Wednesday, hundreds of anti-abortion advocates flooded the halls of the state Capitol as part of a Rose Day ceremony, urging them to pass more anti-abortion laws.

Even as two previous abortion measures approved by the Republican-controlled Oklahoma Legislature remain bogged down amid court challenges, lawmakers this year want to further restrict a woman's legal right to terminate a pregnancy.

Among several bills being considered this year are measures granting "personhood" status to embryos and requiring women seeking an abortion to first listen to the heartbeat of a fetus.

An attorney who has challenged two separate Oklahoma abortion laws says lawmakers appear to be engaged in a "continuous assault" on the practice.