Following debate on the floor of the Oklahoma House today, legislators voted 75-15 to pass SB 1848, which earlier passed the State Senate by 34-8. Based on Americans United for Life model legislation found in the Women’s Protection Project, the legislation is designed to protect women from “house of horrors” clinics such as the clinic convicted murderer Dr. Kermit Gosnell operated. Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign the bill within the next week.
“Common-sense regulation of abortion clinics is not only popular with Americans, it represents the very least that the highly profitable abortion industry should do for women,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “For too long an under-regulated, rarely monitored and unaccountable abortion industry has pushed the boundaries of the law to increase profits. If abortion clinics are as safe as their lobby claims, why do they fight following the same kinds of standards that apply to other medical facilities?”
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The Oklahoma law would require that across the board standards be applied to every abortion clinic. Current law allows each clinic to submit their own operational plan for review by the state.
“Across the country, news of women dying in abortion clinics has been too common and illustrates why under-regulated clinics should not be left to their own devices,” said Dr. Yoest. “Thanks to Senator Greg Treat and Representative Randy Grau for their leadership on this important bill.”