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New abortion bill easily passes OK Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._A new bill has passed the Senate and is now headed to the House which would impose new regulations on abortions performed in Oklahoma.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 1848 with a vote of 34-8 Wednesday. The bill is authored by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Greg Treat and co-authored by Tulsa Republican Sen. Dan Newberry. The bill is also endorsed by Republican Representatives Randy Grau and Mike Christian.

The bill itself creates a set of minimum standards for the State Board of Health in establishing facility supplies and equipment standards. A few of those standards would require abortion providers to maintain minimum levels of supplies on hand at the facility to meet the needs of each patient. The bill would also require ultrasound equipment in all abortion facilities, the ultrasound would be used to estimate the age of the unborn child and subsequently placed in the patient's medical history.

All of the equipment and staff must also undergo yearly checks to ensure their safety and appropriate calibration. A physician is also required to have admitting privileges at an accredited hospital within 30 miles in case of an emergency and they would required to stay on site until all abortion patients are stable and ready to leave the recovery room.

To read Senate Bill 1848 in it's entirety click here.

Bill information can be found here.

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