Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fallin Signs Pro-Life Bills Into Law

Governor Fallin today signed two pro-life bills into law.

House Bill 1888, authored by Rep. Pam Peterson and Senator Clark Jolley, creates the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Scientific studies have shown that at 20 weeks an unborn child can feel pain. The bill exempts situations in which the life of the mother is at risk or when the mother faces serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment.

Senate Bill 547, authored by Senator Anthony Sykes and Rep. Dennis Johnson, ensures standard health insurance policies sold in Oklahoma or sold through a state health insurance exchange do not include elective abortion coverage. The bill prevents Oklahomans from unwillingly subsidizing abortion coverage simply by purchasing health insurance.

Under SB 547, those who want abortion coverage could acquire it through optional supplemental coverage with a separate premium.

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