OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House panel has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal conditions that hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion.
The measure was approved 7-2 Tuesday by the House Public Health Committee. Its author, Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond, says it extends informed consent requirements for women considering an abortion.
The measure would require providers to notify women carrying fetuses with fatal anomalies that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion. Services can include obstetricians, neonatologists, psychiatrists and specialty nurses. The measure now goes to the House floor for a vote.
By a 6-3 vote, the committee also passed legislation that bans embryonic stem cell research in the state by outlawing scientific research that destroys a human embryo.
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