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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

The House voted 73-9 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration. It is one of several anti-abortion measures filed in the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

The measure author, Republican Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow, says it is designed to protect unborn children and women who may develop medical complications during an abortion.

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A bill to impose strict new state regulations and requirements for abortion providers in Oklahoma has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 19-2 on Wednesday for the bill by Edmond Republican state Sen. Greg Treat. The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure would require the Oklahoma State Board of Health to develop a list of standards for facilities, supplies, equipment and personnel that abortion providers must maintain at all times.

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Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma have easily cleared a state House committee.

Members of the House Public Health Committee approved both bills during its regular meeting Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma are scheduled for a hearing in a state House committee.

The House Public Health Committee is expected to consider both bills during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.

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Hundreds of anti-abortion activists are expected inOklahoma City for the annual Rose Day at the state Capitol.

The event on Wednesday is sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Hundreds of activists typically roam the halls, hand out red roses to lawmakers and urge them to support anti-abortion legislation.

This year's featured speaker is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He will address the group about 11:45 a.m. in the House chamber.

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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.

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.

The year 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

It also marked another year of success for those who would restrict or even outlaw the procedure.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to revive Oklahoma's strict ultrasound law for women seeking abortions.

The justices said Tuesday they will let stand a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the 2010 law passed by Oklahoma's legislature.

The measure required women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound exam and then have the image placed in front of them while the provider described the fetus.

Last week, the justices opted to let stand an Oklahoma court decision that struck down a separate law restricting drug-induced abortions.

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Editor's Note: Post updated at 1:15 p.m. to reflect Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's comments.

The Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's bid to revive a state law that the Oklahoma Supreme Court said would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions.

Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt is criticizing the Oklahoma Supreme Court for its interpretation.

The justices did not comment Monday in dismissing the state's appeal of the Oklahoma high court ruling that struck down the law last year.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a 2011 state law restricting abortions effectively bans all drug-induced abortions, despite arguments that the state only wished to prohibit off-label uses of the drugs.

The Oklahoma court Tuesday answered questions posed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the state court in June to clarify two issues before they consider an appeal from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court's review of an Oklahoma abortion law.  

The nation's highest court in June granted Pruitt's request to review a decision by the state Supreme Court declaring the law unconstitutional. Pruitt filed his brief Tuesday.

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A coalition of reproductive rights advocates has filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of an Oklahoma law that restricts access to the morning-after emergency contraception pill.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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The Supreme Court is sending back to state court a case about an Oklahoma anti-abortion law that bans off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

The justices on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify some questions before the high court considers an appeal.

The state court threw out the law requiring doctors to follow strict guidelines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and barring off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs.

The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.

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