Oklahoma House Signs Off On Bill Showing Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Images
by Steven Ertelt
March 2, 2010
Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — One way to lower the number of abortions in Oklahoma is to present women considering an abortion with information they don’t normally receive from abortion centers like Planned Parenthood. The state House says one good piece of information is seeing an ultrasound of the baby beforehand.
The Oklahoma House, on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, approved a bill 87-7 Tuesday that now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
The bill requires allowing a mother considering an abortion a chance to view an ultrasound one hour prior to the abortion. The abortion practitioner must explain the development of the unborn child and ensure the woman can see the ultrasound images.
House Bill 2780, by Rep. Lisa Billy, expands on pro-life legislation passed in 2006 that required abortion practitioners to provide helpful information to women.
"This legislation is about giving mothers as much information as possible in advance about this irrevocable, life-altering decision. We must do all we can to ensure every woman has all the facts so she can make the most informed decision possible," said Billy, R-Purcell.
"One of the most important roles of government is to protect those who cannot protect themselves," added House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. "This bill protects Oklahoma mothers from making a decision they may later regret."
The legislation is a response to a recent judge’s decision saying an omnibus pro-life bill containing the ultrasound measure and others is unconstitutional because it covered more than one subject — even though all the bills concerned abortion.
District Judge Daniel Owens placed a temporary restraining order on the law, but state legislators are responding to it by passing each of the laws individually.
Responding to the potential decision, Oklahoma lawmakers in the state Senate also recently approved three key pro-life bills designed to reduce abortions.
The Oklahoma state Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced Senate Bill 1891 which would protect health care professionals’ freedom of conscience by affirming their right to refuse to participate in the taking of a human life.
They also supported SB 1902, regulating the use of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, which has claimed the lives of more than 13 women worldwide and injured countless others.
And the panel backed SB 1890, which would prohibit abortions that are done for sex-selection reasons.
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