Oklahoma 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill (HB 1409)
Last updated: Feb 9, 2015
HB 1409 would amend Oklahoma’s informed consent law (63 O.S. 1-738.2 &1-738.3). It would increase the time for voluntary and informed consent prior to an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. All of the informed consent requirements would have to be satisfied 72 hours before the abortion is performed.
The bill would also require that the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision update the state-mandated printed materials that physicians are required to give to pregnant woman so that they state that “Abortion shall terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
In addition, the bill would require any facility with a website to include a link to the Board’s website that provides the informed consent materials under the Woman’s Right to Know Act. The link must read: “The State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision maintains a website containing information about the development of the unborn child, as well as video of ultrasound images of the unborn child at various stages of development. The Board’s website can be reached by clicking here.”
Signed into law by Gov. Fallin on May 6, 2015. Goes into effect on November 1, 2015.