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8:27 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oklahoma House Panel To Consider Fetal Hospice Bill

An anti-abortion measure that would require caregivers to notify women that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion is scheduled to be heard by members of a legislative panel.

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The House Public Health Committee will consider the bill when it meets at the State Capitol Tuesday.

The measure filed by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond would require caregivers to notify women who are considering an abortion after their fetus has been diagnosed with a condition that is fatal.

Supporters of the bill say perinatal hospice services provide support from the time of diagnosis through the infant's birth and death. Those services can include obstetricians, neonatologists, psychiatrists or other mental health professionals as well as clergy, social workers and specialty nurses.

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