Two Oklahoma abortion clinics could close under law

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says two of Oklahoma’s three abortion providers could be shut down under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The new law requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed. Planned Parenthood says Reproductive Services in Tulsa is the only abortion provider in the state that meets the requirement.

The measure takes effect Nov. 1.

Planned Parenthood staff attorney Tamya Cox tells the Tulsa World ( ) that abortion providers in Oklahoma City and Norman don’t currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, as required under the new law.

Republican Rep. Randy Grau, who sponsored the bill, says the requirement ensures that abortion providers are prepared for medical emergencies.


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