Oklahoma Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) did her part to roll back women’s rights and signed the “Heartbeat Informed Consent Act” into law.

The bill will ask women to listen to the sound of an embryo or fetus’s heartbeat prior to terminating a pregnancy. But unlike some of the heartbeat bans passed recently the Oklahoma bill does not mandate a woman listen to the sound, just that she be asked to do so.

The bill is the least controversial of the anti-abortion bills taken up by state Republicans this year. Along with the heartbeat ban Oklahoma is in the middle of a fierce legal battle over granting legal rights to embryonic cell clusters on two fronts and the off-label use of abortion drugs. The heartbeat bill, by comparison, seems downright reasonable.

If this latest law goes unchallenged it will be in force as of November 1, 2012.

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33 comments

Huber F.
Huber F.3 years ago

Lol, what a way to lead..

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tony C.
Tony C.4 years ago

I can not conceive of the anguish a girl or women goes through when she decides to have an abortion. I don't believe that God wants a girl or women who has been raped to have a child of a rapist or of incest or medical complications or others to have a baby UNLESS she wants to. (HER CHOICE) It is a proven fact that SEX EDUCATION can help prevent abortions through knowledge so that women don’t get pregnant or sexually transmitted diseases that can KILL your child.
As some of you believe that life begins at conception, then you must believe that they have a soul. If a women has a miscarriage what happens to that soul? Do you think that God is so petty that aborted souls are not put back into the bodies of women that can LOVE and take care of them.
Listen up people. God did not write the Bible, men wrote the Bible and put in or took out words that would keep them in power. What happened to the other apostles. All I hear about are gospels from Matthew,Mark, Luke and John. Were there not 12? Is it not possible that some of the words that these 8 wrote contradicted these 4 and were left out. God and Jesus are all about LOVE. How dare anyone tell a woman what she can do with her own body.

Beth K.
.4 years ago

Ron G., there is no god, and quit using care2 for your preaching pulpit.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

Who? What? Is this some INSANE person?

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

Crap! I hate this Facebook thing....Care2...PLEASE get rid of it... sorry for the double post.

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

CJ R....an old high school classmate of mine now lives in OK. For him, it's the perfect place because he and his wife had several kids, who had several kids, who now are having several kids. They are multiplying like rabbits. Not many of them have jobs so he is supporting most of them, but hey!...they are doing what OK wants... He's 69 years old with a pension from the military and one from an airline but, once he's gone...there goes the support. Then what do those rabbits do? Because by then, the great grandkids will probably start having kids too. But...none of them have had any abortions!!

Sharon H.
Sharon H.4 years ago

CJ R....an old high school classmate of mine now lives in OK. For him, it's the perfect place because he and his wife had several kids, who had several kids, who now are having several kids. They are multiplying like rabbits. Not many of them have jobs so he is supporting most of them, but hey!...they are doing what OK wants... He's 69 years old with a pension from the military and one from an airline but, once he's gone...there goes the support. Then what do those rabbits do? Because by then, the great grandkids will probably start having kids too. But...none of them have had any abortions!!

MarjorieMarjori Hass
Marjorie hass4 years ago

This is too stupid. No one wanting to get an abortion wants to feel worse by listening to the baby's heartbeat. It is already a sad situation for them.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey4 years ago

Mary Fallin is a true Stepford Republican. I don't even know why she bothers with the title of "Governor" when all she is is a smiling mask for the rightwing white male teabaggers of the Oklahoma Repiglican Party. She should just opt for "Right Wing Puppet" instead.