Okla. Overrides Abortion Restriction Vetoes

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New abortion laws are going into effect in Oklahoma despite veto attempts by the Gov. Brad Henry.

The Oklahoma House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to override the veto. The votes on both measures were 36 to 12.

One of the measures requires women to receive an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting abortions.

Henry says he's against the laws because they do not include exemptions for rape and incest victims. He also expects them to be overturned in court.

"Both laws will be challenged and, in all likelihood, overturned by the courts as unconstitutional," Henry said after the override votes. "I fear this entire exercise will ultimately be a waste of taxpayers' time and money."

Henry vetoed similar legislation in 2008, and was also overridden by lawmakers. An Oklahoma County judge rejected the bill before it took effect because it contained multiple subjects, which violates the state constitution requirement that bills deal with only one subject.

Lawmakers in Nebraska and Kansas have also recently passed laws placing restrictions on abortion.

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