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Oklahoma Lawmakers Advance Abortion 'Trigger' Bill

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma
Anti-abortion advocates rally at the state capitol on February 25, 2019.

Oklahoma lawmakers advanced two abortion-related bills Monday, out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee.

Senate Bill 195 would "trigger" a state ban on abortion and make it a felony if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision making abortion a constitutional right.

After the bill passed, anti-abortion protestors, who didn’t think the trigger bill went far enough, had to be escorted out of the meeting at the state capitol.

Senate Bill 614 also passed. Republican Senator Julie Daniels, the bill’s author, says it would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be reversed. Opponents say that it would intrude into doctor-patient relationships and promote a medically unproven reversal procedure.

Oklahoma currently has some of the strictest abortion regulations in the country.

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