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The Oklahoma Legislature has passed legislation prohibiting nurses from killing babies during abortions

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The Oklahoma Legislature has passed legislation prohibiting nurses from killing babies during abortions.
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This week, pro-life lawmakers in Oklahoma took steps to defend mothers by forcing abortions to be performed by board-certified obstetricians and gynaecologists.

The law arrives at a sensitive moment when abortion campaigners are attempting to increase the number of abortions by excluding doctors from the procedure. Abortion is legal in some jurisdictions for nursing practitioners and midwives. Earlier this month, the Biden administration blocked FDA safety rules on abortion pills, authorising them to be mailed without the mother actually meeting a doctor in person.

To combat this dangerous movement, the Oklahoma Senate passed state House Bill 1904 on Tuesday and submitted it to Gov. Kevin Stitt for signature, according to The Duncan Banner.

Both abortions in Oklahoma must be handled by licenced physicians who are board-certified OB-GYNs, according to the measure.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, said she needs to protect all mothers and unborn children. Before Roe v. Wade is reversed and states can once again prohibit abortions, Garvin believes politicians can defend women by requiring abortions to be done by a qualified medical practitioner, according to the article.

“This can be a risky procedure, and if an emergency arises or the mother has adverse symptoms, she will be treated by a doctor who has been medically qualified to deal with those cases. This would serve to better protect our state’s unborn children and their mothers’ health,” she added.

Garvin told lawmakers that almost 100,000 newborn babies have been aborted in Oklahoma since 2012, and she hopes that the bill will secure the lives of all unborn babies and mothers.

According to the paper, state Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, who introduced the bill in the House, stressed the importance of shielding both mothers and unborn babies from abortion.

The bill guarantees that “when abortion occurs, it is completely medically appropriate to save the mother’s health, and the practitioner conducting this operation is highly well-qualified,” according to Roe. “I am hopeful that this law would contribute to a reduction in Oklahoma’s abortion rate. I am pleased that the bill was approved by the House and eagerly await the governor’s signature.”

Any Democrat-controlled states, on the other hand, are going in the opposite direction. Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a pro-abortion bill earlier this month that allows nurses to terminate newborn babies. Other states that encourage nurse practitioners and midwives to terminate unborn babies include California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Vermont, according to The Hill.

According to a 2013 California report, abortions performed by non-physicians were twice as likely to result in complications as those performed by licenced physicians.

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