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21 April 2011

Violating Abortion Rights in Oklahoma

By Diana Hsieh

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin will soon sign two new bills that violate abortion rights:

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin plans to sign two bills intended to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma.

Fallin has scheduled a public bill signing on Wednesday to sign a bill under which doctors could face felony charges for performing abortions after a woman reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” and is based on the premise that a fetus can experience pain after 20 weeks. It includes an exemption for abortions performed when the life of the mother is at risk or if there is a risk of physical impairment of a “major bodily function.”

The second bill would prohibit health insurance plans in Oklahoma offered under the new federal health care law from offering coverage for elective abortions.
Notice how Republicans talk about freedom in health care, as if truly concerned on principle... until the conversation turns to abortion, at which point they're eager to use any means whatsoever to prevent women from seeking private abortions and to prevent private insurers from willingly paying for them.

(H/T: Rob Abiera)

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