Committee Approves Bill to Revoke Licenses of Doctors Who Perform Abortions
Mike Seals - February 24, 2021 11:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives Public Health Committee passed legislation directing the Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and the State Board of Osteopathic Examiners to revoke the licenses of physicians who perform abortions.
House Bill 1102, authored by Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, would revoke the license for at least one year. The bill provides an exception for abortions performed to save the life of the mother.
“Every single human life has value and should be protected under the law,” Olsen said. “As state representatives, we have a duty to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves and uphold the right to life. The life of an unborn baby should never be reduced to an inconvenience in our state or nation.”
HB1102 also directs the Attorney General’s office to calculate costs paid for by the state or local entities in court challenges to the bill and report the amounts for each calendar quarter to the Legislature.
The bill was modeled after similar legislation, House Bill 1182, which overwhelmingly passed the House floor in 2020 but was not heard in the Senate due to the pandemic. House Bill 1102 passed committee 9-1 and is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.