The governor may have refused to sign the bill into law, but a much stricter parental consent law may be going into effect anyway.
Anti-choice Oklahoma legislators are already working to make abortion as physically invasive as possible. Now they are upping their game by making it personally invasive, too.
Both bills aim to make judicial bypass a thing of the past for Oklahoma teens.
Now all minors would have to get parental permission prior to an abortion.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
The right to choose is becoming an issue all the way down to the judiciary.
The 2010 parental-notification law has been ruled constitutional, but it still may come up before the state Supreme Court.
Voters will decide in November whether to create parental consent requirements for teens seeking an abortion.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: there is new information on the origin of Tennessee’s law that prevents schools from promoting “gateway” behaviors to sex at the same time that anecdotal information suggests teachers are censoring themselves because of it; a new poll shows that adults see the HPV vaccine differently than other STI treatment and prevention efforts and do not want to see parental consent for the vaccine waived; and a new tell-all book suggests that the Olympic village is a hotbed of sex, booze, and drugs.
Apparently the 20-week ban and Medicaid abortion bans were just the warm up act. It seems a congressman who earlier angered anti-choicers may be sponsoring a bill to get back in their good graces.