Tulsa World, April 27, 2012 by Barbara Hoberock
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed a measure that requires abortion providers to give women the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat prior to ending a pregnancy.
Senate Bill 1274 by Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, was amended on the Senate floor to require that it be offered rather than mandated.
“I don’t think it is a matter of watering it down,” said Newberry. “The goal of the bill is to make sure that women who make a decision to have an abortion are fully informed of what they are doing.”
The measure, dubbed the “Heartbeat Informed Consent Act,” does not require the woman to listen to the fetal heartbeat.