Oklahoma Bill Requiring Abortion Reversal Information (SB 614)

This law was last updated on May 13, 2019


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Oklahoma

Number

SB 614

Status

Signed into Law

Proposed

Feb 4, 2019

Topics

Informed Consent, Medication Abortion, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Full Bill Text

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SB 614 would require abortion providers to inform their patients that it may be possible to “reverse” the effects of a medication abortion.

Informed Consent

Except in the case of a medical emergency, a medication abortion may not be performed or induced without informing patient at least 72 hours prior to the abortion:

  • that it may be possible to reverse the effects of a medication abortion if the patient changes their mind, but that time is of the essence, and
  • information on reversing the effects of mifepristone are available on the health department’s website.

After the first drug involved in the two-drug process is dispensed in a medication abortion, the physician or an agent of the physician would need to provide written medical discharge instructions to the pregnant person which must include the following statement:

NOTICE TO PATIENTS HAVING MEDICATION ABORTIONS WHICH USE MIFEPRISTONE: Mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. It may be possible to reverse its intended effect if the second pill or tablet has not been taken or administered. If you change your mind and wish to try to continue the pregnancy, you can get immediate help by calling the Abortion Pill Reversal 24-hour Hotline at 877-558-0333 or going to Abortion Pill Reversal website https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/. Additional information is available on the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision’s website, www.awomansright.org, which provides informed consent materials under the Woman’s Right-to-Know Act, including information about the development of the unborn child and video of ultrasound images of the unborn child at various stages of development.

Any person who knowingly performs or induces or attempts to perform or induce an abortion in violation of this provision would be guilty of a felony.

The state Department of Health would be required to provide a website with comprehensible materials designed to inform pregnant people of the possibility of reversing the effects of a medication abortion utilizing mifepristone, along with information on and assistance with the resources that may be available to help reverse the effects of medication abortion.

TRAP

The bill would require abortion providers to post a sign which reads:

NOTICE TO PATIENTS HAVING MEDICATION ABORTIONS WHICH USE MIFEPRISTONE: Mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. It may be possible to reverse its intended effect if the second pill or tablet has not been taken or administered. If you change your mind and wish to try to continue the pregnancy, you can get immediate help by calling the Abortion Pill Reversal 24-hour Hotline at 877-558-0333 or going to Abortion Pill Reversal website https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/. Additional information is available on the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision’s website, www.awomansright.org, which provides informed consent materials under the Woman’s Right-to-Know Act, including information about the development of the unborn child and video of ultrasound images of the unborn child at various stages of development.

Any private office or a freestanding surgical outpatient clinic that performs abortions would need to post the sign in each patient waiting room and patient consultation room. A hospital or any other facility where abortions are performed would need to post the sign in each patient admission area.

Any private office, freestanding surgical outpatient clinic or other facility that fails to post the sign would face a $10,000 fine for each day on which an abortion is performed during which the required sign is not posted.

The information includes contact information for the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline, a program of Culture of Life Family Services.


Latest Action

1/17/19 – Prefiled.

2/4/19 – Introduced; referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

2/25/19 – Amended; passed committee by a 10-2 vote.

3/5/19 – Passed the Senate by a 39-8 vote.

3/27/19 – Passed house committee by a 13-3 vote.

4/16/19 – Passed the House by a 74-24 vote.

4/25/19 – Signed by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. Scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2019.


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