The House of Representatives Public Health Committee voted 7-4 to approve a revised form of Senate Bill 1433, which states that life begins at conception. The committee meeting was well attended despite the fact that no one was allowed to offer testimony for or against the bill.
Several bids to amend the measure were shut down, including adding a measure to the bill making it clear that it does not prohibit a doctor from terminating a pregnancy if the life of the mother is in danger and another that would guarantee the bill would not interfere with abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research.
Several medical groups including the Oklahoma State Medical Association opposes the measure.
The bill now goes to the full House for a vote and should it pass is certain to face legal challenge. Meanwhile Personhood Oklahoma continues its quest to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would define a fertilized human egg as a human being and would ban abortions and outlaw certain forms of birth control.
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