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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