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Oklahoma House Approves Anti-abortion Omnibus Bill

The Oklahoma House voted 80-12 last week in favor of an omnibus anti-abortion bill. The bill, SB 1878, combines several measures previously passed by the House.

Also known as the Freedom of Conscious Act, the legislation allows health care workers to refuse to participate in actions that they feel are contrary to their religious beliefs and moral convictions, reports the The Daily Women’s Health Policy Report . The legislation also prohibits discrimination by employers of employees who refuse. Under the bill, a woman is required to have an ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion. It also requires that wherever abortion is provided there are large signs stating it is ‘against the law for anyone, regardless of his or her relationship to you, to force you to have an abortion.’ Kiani was still stoned to death on July 5, 2007. Ebrahimi’s death was stayed due to the public outcry, and last week the Iranian judiciary amnesty commission released her from prison.

According to the Associated Press the bill also regulates the use of Mifepristone, or RU-486. The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Sources:

Oklahoma House of Representatives, 4/4/08; The Daily Women�s Health Policy Report, 4/4/08; The Associated Press/ NewsOK 4/4/08

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