Under New Bill, Physicians Performing Abortions In Oklahoma Could Have Licenses Suspended

Feb 20, 2019

Two abortion bills passed out of the House Public Health committee Tuesday.

It’s already illegal in Oklahoma to perform an abortion for the purposes of sex selection, but House Bill 1396 takes current law further. It would require a pregnant woman to sign an affidavit swearing she doesn’t know the gender prior to the procedure.

Under House Bill 1182, performing an abortion could cost a physician their license. The bill makes exceptions for medical emergencies that put the woman’s life in danger. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

Oklahoma has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided. By law, abortions aren’t covered under most health insurance policies.

It’s up to House leadership if the bills are heard on the floor.