Okla. House committee approves personhood, heartbeat legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY - A state House of Representatives committee approved a pair of abortion bills Tuesday.

Senate Bill 1433 , known as the "personhood bill", passed out of the House Public Health Committee with a 7-4 vote.

Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act says SB 1433 threatens the legality of many forms of birth control as well as other reproductive choices.

The bill's author, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, says it isn't intended to outlaw abortions but rather to declare that Oklahomans believe life begins at conception.

"A vote for this measure simply declares that the state of Oklahoma values life and believes every child is a gift and deserving of protection," said state Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell. "That is not a controversial viewpoint."

Senate Bill 1274 , known as the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act, passed the committee with a 10-1 vote. The bill will now proceed to the House floor.

Under the bill, women would have the choice to hear their child's heartbeat after eight weeks of pregnancy.

"This legislation simply gives a woman the opportunity to hear the heartbeat through the use of the fetal heart monitor," said Okla. Rep. Pam Peterson. "A pregnant woman who enters an abortion clinic is faced with a decision that will forever change two lives. It is for that reason the woman needs to be fully informed."

This bill would not force Oklahoma women to hear the heartbeat as other proposed bills have across the nation.

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