Oklahoma legislature overrides veto on abortion laws (updated)
Lisa Flam reports:
Oklahoma has two new abortion laws today, one said to be among the toughest in the nation because it requires a woman to have an ultrasound — with the monitor in her view — and to hear a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
The other law forbids women who have disabled babies from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects discovered while the fetus was in the womb. Backers say it tries to prevent women from discriminating against disabled fetuses, but opponents feel it makes getting an abortion harder.
The laws passed over the objection of Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, as the Senate voted 32-12 on Tuesday to override his vetoes of both measures.
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