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Protests over abortion-related bills expected at Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 14:12:23-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Pro-life and pro-choice supporters are expected to show up at the Capitol on Tuesday as two abortion-related bills have stirred controversy in Oklahoma.

There are two bills causing a lot of buzz at the state Capitol.

The first is Senate Bill 13, which would criminalize abortion and define the procedure as a homicide. If the bill passes, Oklahoma abortion clinics and counseling services would be unable to provide any abortion service.

The author of the bill, Sen. Joseph Silk from Broken Bow, says the measure's intent is to give unborn children equal protection of the laws of the state. Critics of the bill say the bill violates the Constitution, citing Roe vs. Wade.

The second bill stirring controversy is Senate Bill 195, or the "Personhood Act," authored by Sen. Dave Rader of Tulsa.

His bill suggests the life of each human being begins at conception and that unborn children have protectable interests in life, health and well-being.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has already made precautions to make sure rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday are peaceful.

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