Oklahoma House committee advances bill mirroring Texas heartbeat act

Abortion bills were in the spotlight at the Capitol again on Wednesday. A day after the Oklahoma legislature put one of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the country on the Governor’s desk, a bill that has stood up in Texas courts is one step closer to becoming law in Oklahoma.

Yesterday SB612 passed on the House floor, that would make it a felony for doctor to perform abortions. Today a similar bill that allows for civil action against abortions goes through a House committee.

“Oklahoma is a very prolife state and we want to protect the preborn babies that are in Oklahoma and are in the world,” said Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell.

“Basically 1503 prohibits a physician from knowingly performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician detects a fetal heart beat,” said Russ.

This bill also allows Oklahomans to sue anyone who performs or aids in the act. That would theoretically  include a person giving a ride to a woman to get an abortion.

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