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Oklahoma lawmakers OK bill that would make performing abortion a felony

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 19, 2016 at 11:38 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said the measure is the first of its kind in the nation. The bill also would restrict any physician who performs an abortion from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in Oklahoma.

With no discussion or debate, the Senate voted 33-12 Thursday for the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm.

A handful of Republicans joined with Democrats in voting against the bill, which now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin. A spokesman said Fallin will withhold comment until her staff has time to review it.

Dahm said he's hopeful the measure could lead to overturning Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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hurricane46 says... May 19, 2016 at 1:21 p.m.

Their economy is in the crapper because of tax cuts, their schools are going to 4 day school weeks and letting teachers go and this is what they concentrate on? Where will they find the money to pay all the court costs when they lose this case, oh yeah, the taxpayers will foot the bill for the wonderful actions of these morons.

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BEARTRAP919 says... May 19, 2016 at 2:05 p.m.

What else can be said for Stupidity?? Bible Thumping Idiots are attempting to Absolutely Break the States, What has Happened to Simple Common Sense?? Legislators in every state, not just this one need to Go to Church if they wish, and Stop Legislating Biblical Crap in the Legislature. Is there any wonder about the Strife in the World with Ignorant Religious People attempting to Make Criminals out of the People that do not buy their Line of Crap??

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FreeSpiritMan says... May 19, 2016 at 5:52 p.m.

Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas going down the sh*tt*r because of their religious right legislators.

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