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Oklahoma lawmakers to consider anti-abortion measures

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Posted at 11:37 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 12:37:35-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers are discussing proposed legislation that would revoke the medical licenses of Oklahoma doctors who perform unauthorized abortions.

One proposal would direct the Oklahoma Medical Board and the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners to strip the licenses of physicians who perform abortions except in emergency situations. The other measure would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after the mother has been told the sex of the fetus.

The Oklahoman reports a House committee passed both proposals Tuesday.

Rep. Jim Olsen says his proposal to revoke medical licenses could potentially save thousands of lives.

Critics argue that Olsen's bill would be a waste of taxpayer money, since the state would be required to defend it against legal challenges.

Former Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed 2016 legislation that would have criminalized abortion.

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