Abortion bill rejected by the state Senate

Tuesday, February 17th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The Senate rejected the latest version of a bill that requires women to get certain information before having an abortion.

The vote was 26-to-19 against a conference committee report. The vote sent the report back to the committee cutting an amendment by Tulsa Republican James Williamson.

Williamson, who opposes abortion, wanted the conference committee to require that women be informed by their doctor of the development of the fetuses less than 20 weeks old.

State chairman of Oklahomans for Life, Tony Lauinger says numbers from Planned Parenthood show that most abortions are performed before 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Lauinger says his group would consider a vote for informed consent a pro-abortion vote if the bill didn't require women to be informed about development of fetuses less than 20 weeks old.