The Senate has given approval to a pair of bills to reduce the number of abortions in Oklahoma.
Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, is Senate principal author of House Bill 2441, by House principal author, Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell. Under this bill, no abortion could be performed on an unborn baby who has a detectable heartbeat.
“This is simple and straightforward, but essential to Oklahoma’s efforts to protect the unborn,” Daniels said. “The child’s heartbeat is proof of life. This bill provides the legal authority necessary to protect and save that life.”
Under HB 2441, anyone guilty of violating this provision would be guilty of homicide. The bill does provide an exception to save the life of the mother or avert risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, but that exemption does not include psychological or emotional conditions.