Oklahoma Senate panel approves 4 abortion bills, rejects 1

An Oklahoma Senate panel approved four anti-abortion bills on Wednesday but defeated one far-reaching abortion measure that would give a fetus equal protection under the law.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a so-called ” trigger bill ” that would make abortion illegal in Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion. At least 10 states have similar laws, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

The committee also approved a pair of bills designed to restrict the use of chemical abortions and one that would make it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.