Oklahoma Senate approves abortion measures

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has approved three abortion-related bills, including two that would make it more difficult for minors to receive an abortion.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has approved three abortion-related bills, including two that would make it more difficult for minors to receive an abortion.

The Republican-controlled Senate easily cleared all three measures on Tuesday.

Two of the bills restrict the use of "judicial bypass," a procedure that allows girls younger than 18 to ask a judge's permission to get an abortion without parental consent. Abortion opponents claim the procedure is being exploited by abortion providers, but abortion rights supporters say it's rarely used.

A third bill adds more than two dozen questions that abortion providers must answer as part of a questionnaire on the procedure gathered by state health officials.

All three measures now go to the House.

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