Okla. Governor Vetoes 2 Abortion Bills

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Gov. Brad Henry, D-Okla., has vetoed two bills restricting abortion. He said the bills are an unconstitutional attempt to have the government interfere with the private lives and decisions of citizens.

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

"This is a very disappointing day for Oklahomans who care about maintaining a culture of life in Oklahoma," state House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa said.

Henry said the bill is flawed because it does not allow exceptions for rape and incest victims. But he did sign a bill requiring clinics to post signs saying it's illegal to force a woman to have an abortion.

"State policymakers should never mandate that a citizen be forced to undergo any medical procedure against his or her will, especially when such a procedure could cause physical or mental trauma. To do so amounts to an unconstitutional invasion of privacy," he said.

Other states are also considering ways to restrict abortions.

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