Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Two Anti-Abortion Bills

Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday passed two anti-abortion bills.

In a 33-12 vote, the senate passed SB 1552, which would suspend medical licenses of Oklahoma physicians who perform abortions. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma House has passed legislation that requires the state Department of Health to develop informational material "for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society," but lawmakers didn't approve any funding for it.

The House voted 69-15 on Thursday for the measure, which now goes to the Senate.

The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act by Republican Rep. Ann Coody of Lawton authorizes the health department to develop a public information campaign about the developmental stages of a fetus and alternatives to abortion. It also authorizes an optional instructional program for students.

A previous version of the bill that required Oklahoma's public schools to teach that life begins at conception was amended in the Senate.

Coody says the legislation can only be implemented if funding is available in the future.

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