Oklahoma Pro-Life Lawmakers Push Ultrasound, Fetal Pain Abortion Bills

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 7, 2006

Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life lawmakers in the Oklahoma state legislature are promoting two bills to help reduce abortions there. They are additions to existing law require abortion businesses to provide women with information about abortion’s risks and alternatives.

One measure would require telling women considering an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy that it will cause intense pain for the baby. The other bill allows women to watch an ultrasound of their unborn child before the abortion.

"If they’re going to have an informed choice, they need all the information available,” said Rep. John Trebilcock, a Republican who is the sponsor of the fetal pain bill.

But Keith Smith, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, criticized the measures and said legislators should spend more time funding family planning measures.

"They’re leading us down the path that causes abortions if they don’t do that,” Smith told the Associated Press.

The new bills were announced as 200 pro-life advocates delivered roses to lawmakers to mark an annual pro-life tradition.

"It has an impact in the pro-life debate," Shirley Cox of Catholic Charities told AP. "Many women who have had abortions have said: ‘If I had the information I would not have had the abortion.’"

Eusebius Beltran, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said the rally was "critically important” and urged legislators to "make decisions that are important to the people."