OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill that would punish physicians who perform abortions has cleared its first hurdle in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
House Bill 1182 would allow the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to suspend a physician's license if they perform an abortion, unless it is necessary to save the mother's life.
The measure adds performance of an abortion to the list of acts defined as 'unprofessional conduct,' like prescribing narcotics without a medical need or handing out opioid drugs in excess of the maximum dosage.
"Any physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma participating in the performance of an abortion, except as provided in Section 1-732 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall have his or her license to practice medicine in this state suspended for a minimum of six (6) months and shall be fined a minimum of Five Hundred Dollars($500.00). The State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision shall revoke the license of an allopathic physician performing an abortion in this state. The State Board of Osteopathic Examiners shall revoke the license of an osteopathic physician performing an abortion in this state," the measure states.
The bill, authored by Rep. Jim Olsen, passed the House Public Health Committee with a vote of 6-4.