Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma
It is quite amazing that people who rail against government, and argue in favor of less intrusion by government in our every day lives would enact such draconian measures under the color of law. The Oklahoma State Legislature overrode the governor's veto and enacted into law two measures that will force women to submit to procedures that may not be medically necessary, and will shield doctors from lawsuits for withholding medical information.
If this law withstands court challenge, it will now be permissible for doctors in the State of Oklahoma to make reproductive health care decisions for patients without the patient's consent.
Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.
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