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April 29, 2014

Abortion bill among 2 dozen signed by Okla. gov

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an anti-abortion measure that requires caregivers to notify women that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion.

The bill was among two dozen measures Fallin signed into law on Monday. Other measures targeted the state’s income tax, food stamp fraud, mental health courts and competitive bidding, among other things.

The perinatal bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau requires caregivers to notify women who are considering an abortion after their fetus has been diagnosed with a condition that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth.

Perinatal hospice services provide support from the time of diagnosis through the infant’s birth and death. Those services can include obstetricians, neonatologists, psychiatrists or other mental health professionals as well as clergy, social workers and specialty nurses.

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