Lawmakers are wrapping up a busy week of committee work. In the Senate Health and Human Services meeting this morning, lawmakers will consider several abortion related bills, including HB 2780. That measure requires women to have an ultrasound before an abortion is performed.
It will likely garner a lot of debate as it did when it passed the House.
The bills passed.
Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, wondered if requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion is performed is a mandate on the public. Republican leaders often talk about not wanting to put mandates on the public or insurance companies.
The bills were passed out of committee on party lines. They will now be heard in the full Senate, HB 2780 requires the ultrasound, HB 3284 requires the creation of a statewide database on women receiving abortions.
The bills were passed and signed into law last year, but were challenged and ruled unconstitutional because the different provisions were contained in one single bill. The State Supreme Court said that violated a provision in the constitution that says legislation must be single subject.