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US State bill that would revoke licenses from abortion providers under fire

04:35  12 february  2020
04:35  12 february  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A bill in Oklahoma that would take away the licenses of physicians who perform abortions is getting slammed from both abortion rights and anti-abortion activists.

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Last week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 71-21 in favor of House Bill 1182, which would mandate the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision revoke the doctor’s license for a year and fine them at least $500 if they perform the procedure in the state. The bill, which was drafted by Rep. Jim Olsen, provides an exception for procedures that are "necessary to save the life of the mother."

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The bill now heads to the Senate. The clinic argued that because they say there's only four clinics in this state that offer abortions . The state arguing the restrictions are there for safety Oklahoma attorney general Mike Honecker praising the decision saying in a statement today quote.

A bill that would temporarily revoke a doctor’s license for performing an abortion has advanced in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and will proceed to the Senate. Twenty-six other states already require doctors to have permission from at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor.

Although the bill passed along party lines in the GOP-controlled House, Republican State Sen. Joseph Silk, who has a bill that would classify abortion a homicide, and Christian activists, have dismissed the bill citing that it doesn’t go far enough to restrict abortion services in the state.

"This is very clear when you read the language in the bill and see the people who are in support of the bill. Some of them are the exact people who worked hard against legislation that would have offered equal protection for unborn children," he said in a statement.

Kristin Ford, a spokeswoman for NARAL Pro-Choice America, said despite the language that provides an exception, Olsen’s bill was still an attempt to ban abortions, despite Roe V. Wade.

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Notably, the bill explicitly states that performing an abortion due to any substantial risk to the The bill is one of several antiabortion measures that will be considered during the special session, which Among the other restrictive measures under consideration is a bill designed to prohibit cities and

On Thursday, they passed state House Bill 1182 to revoke the medical licenses of doctors who do abortions , Tulsa World reports. Abortion advocacy groups quickly slammed the legislation, and the American Civil Liberties Union suggested it may file a lawsuit if the bill becomes law.

"Politicians have no place intimidating doctors and interfering in personal decisions about abortion, which belong to women and families," she said in a statement.

Olsen told ABC News that he intends for the legislation to act as a way of reducing the number of abortions based on his own belief that life begins at conception. He said he didn’t want to make it harder in cases where the mother’s life is at stake and wanted to give doctors that discretion.

"In that situation [it] would be ok for an abortion when the mother’s life is in danger," he said,

Olsen, who has no medical training, said he did not consult with any physicians or medical groups before drafting his bill. He also said he has no plans to talk with Silk, but said he would support any measure that reduces abortion access in the state.

Dr. Anuj Khattar, a family medicine physician and a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health who practices in the state, told ABC News that Olsen’s bill would be more destructive for the women of Oklahoma than the physicians.

Khattar said women who seek to have the procedure need trained medical professionals to ensure their safety. Removing doctors' licenses would force the patients to travel farther to have a procedure, or worse, be prevented from getting an abortion at a clinic altogether, he said.

“If a woman wants to terminate their pregnancy, they want expert care to get that procedure,” Khattar said.

Khattar said he would oppose the bill and hoped that state leaders recognize that abortion rights are a legal right under Roe v Wade.

"It’s inflammatory for politicians who don’t know these women’s stories to go and make these laws," he said.

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