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Lawmakers Consider New Abortion Restrictions

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State lawmakers are considering new restrictions on abortions in Oklahoma.

SB 1848 was authored by Sen. Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City) and Rep. Randy Grau (R-Edmond).

The bill would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services gave the bill a do pass recommendation.

A similar bill has already cleared a House committee.

Supporters of the bills say they're designed to protect the health of women who have an abortion in Oklahoma. Opponents argue the bills further target a woman's right to a legal medical procedure.

“The opponents of women’s rights in the Oklahoma legislature are like the worst kind of broken record, repeating their attempts to deny Oklahoma women essential reproductive health care again and again,” said Amanda Allen, State Legislative Counsel, the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“Politicians – not doctors –are behind this push to require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. This legislation does nothing to advance women’s health and safety as there is no medical reason for this requirement. It is simply another thinly veiled attempt by extremists to restrict access to safe and legal abortion care.”

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