OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure expanding abortion reporting requirements advanced today from the House floor.
House Bill 2015, by Rep. Sean Roberts, would add questions to the Individual Abortion Reporting Form completed by a physician. Questions related to the performance of an ultrasound, how the abortion was performed, the heartbeat of the fetus prior to abortion and number of abortions performed would be added to the list.
“I believe someone going through something as permanent and life-altering as an abortion should think about this choice in every way possible before going through with it,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “The information obtained from this legislation could enable us to understand the reasoning behind abortions. This knowledge would allow us to take measures that make abortions safer and rarer in the state of Oklahoma.”
Additionally, the measure adds additional reporting measures to the Annual Abortion Report issued by the State Department of Health. Lastly, the measure provides for registered voters of Oklahoma to initiate legal proceedings against an abortion provider that fails to submit any required report.
HB 2015 passed the full floor of the House by a vote of 79-15. It now heads to the state Senate for further consideration.