New abortion bill aimed to ensure women’s safety who experience complications

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OKLAHOMA  - A bill aimed at ensuring women who experience complications during abortion receive competent care passed overwhelmingly out of the House today.

House Bill 2418, by state Rep. Mike Ritze, a licensed physician, would require abortion performing physicians to have clinical privileges at a hospital that offers obstetrical or gynecological care located within thirty miles of their practice.

“The goal is to ensure that women who experience complications, such as severe hemorrhaging, serious infection, damage to intra-abdominal structures and pulmonary embolism, have access to care at a local hospital immediately,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “If the federal law is going to allow abortions, the state has a responsibility to our citizens to ensure those procedures are done as safely as possible.”

House Bill 2418 passed off the House floor by a vote of 73-9 and now moves to the Senate.

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