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Pro-Life Bills Signed into Law in Oklahoma and Georgia

by | May 2, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

It’s been a very good four days for the Right to Life Movement. On Friday, pro-life Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law two measures.

HB 2381 addresses the dangerous use of webcam technology which allows the abortionist to be hundreds of miles away when the mother ingests RU486. The measure requires the abortionist who prescribes RU486 or other abortion producing drug to be physically present when the drug is first provided to the patient.

In addition the Heartbeat/informed consent bill, Senate Bill 1274, requires that the abortionist offer the abortion-inclined mother a chance to listen to her baby’s heartbeat before having the abortion.

“Women deserve to know relevant factual information prior to making a life or death decision,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. “The heartbeat bill protects a mother’s right to hear her unborn child’s beating heart before going through with an abortion, perhaps preventing a lifetime of regret.” The laws go into effect November 1.

In Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pro-life bills into law today, culminating a long and emotional debate in one and addressing a state Supreme Court decision in the other.

Lawmakers  had passed a version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the last day of the legislative session, literally at the eleventh hour. House Bill 954 nearly died in a disagreement between the two houses, but a compromise version passed with just minutes remaining in the 2012 session.

Sponsored by State Rep. Doug McKillip, HB 954 will take effect on January 1, 2013.  It clearly establishes that Georgia has a “compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which they are capable of feeling pain.”

Gov. Deal also signed HB 1114 sponsored by State Rep. Ed Setzler. The bill was passed in response to last February’s decision by the Georgia Supreme Court that struck down the state’s previous weak and ineffective law dealing with assisted suicide.

The law becomes effective immediately.

Categories: Legislation