Strict Anti-Abortion Bills Become Law in Oklahoma

Senate overrides governor's vetoes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2010 3:40 PM CDT
Strict Anti-Abortion Bills Become Law in Oklahoma
Anti-abortion demonstrators walk in front of the Capitol in Washington Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Oklahoma Senate today overrode Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes and put into law two restrictive measures on abortion. One of the laws requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. An anti-abortion group called it one of the most restrictive measures in the country.

The other prohibits pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians fail to tell them their fetus has birth defects. Supporters say it's an attempt to keep pregnant women from discriminating against fetuses with disabilities. "Both laws will be challenged and, in all likelihood, overturned by the courts as unconstitutional," said Gov. Brad Henry.
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