OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Senate passed a bill Tuesday to restrict abortions by ensuring that only board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists can perform them.
House Bill 1904, written in the Oklahoma House by Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, and in the Senate by Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, will now go to Gov. Kevin Stitt for consideration.
“Under current law, any licensed physician can perform this medical procedure. Until we can completely stop abortions in Oklahoma, this bill will ensure that at least women are being seen by a licensed OB-GYN,” Garvin said. “This can be a dangerous procedure, and should an emergency arise or the mother experience adverse effects, she’ll have a doctor specially training to handle such situations. This will help better protect our state’s unborn and the health of their mothers.”
Garvin hopes the legislation will decrease the number of abortions in Oklahoma, according to a State Senate news release.
“House Bill 1904 protects the lives of both unborn babies and mothers by ensuring that when abortion does occur, it is absolutely medically necessary to save the life of mother and the physician performing this procedure is extremely well-qualified,” Roe said. “I am optimistic that this legislation will help lower the abortion rate in Oklahoma. I’m very glad the bill was passed by the House and eagerly look forward to the Governor signing it into law.”
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