OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed a controversial bill dealing with abortion.
Senate Bill 614 requires those who perform medication abortions using Mifepristone to tell the patient in writing that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the drug.
The measure requires those who perform medication abortions to post a sign indicating the drug is not always effective in terminating a pregnancy and that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the drug if the second dose is not taken.
The measure also requires those performing the abortion to tell the woman 72 hours before the procedure that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the drug, except in the case of a medical emergency.
Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, is the Senate author of the measure.
“Senate Bill 614 keeps up with medical advances that continue to find ways to save more unborn children,” Daniels said. “We passed it as a proactive measure because it allows women to attempt the possibility of reversing a medical abortion.
“It is a relatively new medical advancement, but in our view giving women this bit of hope when they change their mind is important to us as a Legislature and a state.”
Critics say the ability to reverse a medication abortion is not based on science.
“We are extremely disappointed that Gov. Stitt decided to sign SB 614, requiring physicians to give patients false and misleading information about medication abortion ‘reversal,’ ” said Tamya Cox-Toure, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes regional director of public policy and organizing. “With this law, Gov. Stitt essentially invited the state into the exam room with each patient. It’s time for politicians to start respecting women, their families, their doctors and the truth. Forcing doctors to go against their best medical judgment does not make us a top 10 state.”
The measure makes it a felony to violate the provisions and provides for a fine of $10,000 against a facility that fails to post the required signage.
The measure is effective Nov. 1.