Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Daisy Lawler
Senate District 24
Cleveland, Grady, Mclain & Stephens Counties
For Immediate Release: May 12,
Sen. Daisy Lawler
Senate Author Praises House Passage of Pro Life Measure
The Senate author of historic pro-life legislation
on its way to the desk of Governor Brad Henry said Thursday’s
belated approval of the measure in the House of Representatives
was a “victory for all Oklahomans.”
House Bill 1686, by Senator Daisy Lawler and Rep. Rebecca Hamilton,
passed the Senate on a 44-4 vote on April 27 and passed the House
“The Oklahoma Legislature has taken a stand in defense of
unborn children and in support of women who are facing the most
important decision they will ever make,” said Lawler, D-Comanche.
“I am confident that Governor Henry will sign it and House
Bill 1686 will become law.”
Lawler thanked House author Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City; Senator
Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau; and Oklahomans for Life Executive Director
Tony Lauinger for helping craft the measure.
“Today’s not about who should get the credit for passage
of this landmark legislation. It’s about adequately informing
women who are considering ending a pregnancy about all of their
options. It’s about making sure parents are notified before
their teenage daughters get an abortion. It’s about the sanctity
of life,” Lawler said.
The legislation requires that women receive certain information
24 hours before an abortion can be performed. The information includes:
• The name of the physician who will perform the abortion;
• Medical risks associated with an abortion and carrying a
child to term;
• The gestational age of the fetus;
• And other objective information including materials designed
to inform her of the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics
of the unborn child at two-week increments.
The bill also requires that women be told that the father of the
child is liable for financial support and that government benefits
may also be available to them. It also makes exceptions in cases
The information will be published and provided by the State Board
of Medical Licensure and Supervision and will contain a list of
agencies and services available to assist a woman through a pregnancy
and once the child is born.
The measure also requires that 48 hours before an “un-emancipated
minor” or a woman for whom a guardian has been appointed can
receive an abortion, the parents or guardian of the woman must be
notified in writing. It also includes judicial bypass of parental
notification in certain circumstances.
The bill also sets out penalties for violation of the act, including
disciplinary action against the physician by the State Board of
Medical Licensure and Supervision or the State Board of Osteopathic
Additionally, the bill allows for criminal prosecution of a person
who commits the crimes of shooting with intent to kill, drive-by
shooting and aggravated assault and battery upon an unborn child
from conception through the entire pregnancy.
That portion of the legislation has been dubbed the “Lacy
Peterson Provision,” in remembrance of the pregnant California
woman whose murder received national attention when her husband
was charged with and convicted of the crime.
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