Health
1:03 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oklahoma House Approves Bill On Infant Hospice Services

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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal conditions that hospice services are available as an alternative to an abortion.

The House voted 93-0 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The measure by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond extends informed consent requirements for women considering an abortion approved by lawmakers in previous years. The measure would apply to women whose fetuses have been diagnosed with a condition that will result in death within hours or days of birth.

Oklahoma has no perinatal hospice program but they are available at hospitals and clinics in neighboring states, including Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

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