April 20, 2012 — The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted to approve a bill (SB 1274) that would require physicians to offer women a chance to listen to a fetal heartbeat prior to an abortion, the AP/Oklahoman reports. The House voted 75-12 to approve the vote, which now heads to the governor's desk.
Opponents of the bill charged that Republicans were "playing politics" with abortion issues, according to the AP/Oklahoman. State Rep. Doug Cox (R), a physician, objected to language in the bill that gives family members of the patient a broader ability to sue abortion providers (AP/Oklahoman, 4/19).
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