Oklahoma has passed new anti-abortion laws that are so harsh they are likely to be challenged on Constitutional grounds. The Governor initially vetoed the new laws, but the Republican controlled Senate had enough votes to override his veto.
The new laws contain two provisions that are especially controversial. One requires women to have an ultrasound and receive detailed information on the fetus prior to an abortion. The other provision prohibits women from suing doctors who withhold information about the fetus, including abnormalities. Supporters of that provision say it is intended to prevent women from aborting fetuses with possible disabilities.
The Governor criticized the new law, saying it intrudes into citizens privacy. In addition, he criticized the fact that the law does not contain exemptions for rape or incest.