By Barbara Hoberock
“Gov. Brad Henry has signed three anti-abortion bills, his office said Monday.
‘We are glad that these measures have finally become law,’ Tony Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans For Life, said of the measures. ‘They will help to protect unborn children, pregnant women and health care professionals here in Oklahoma.’
But Stephanie Totti, staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said that ‘we are disappointed that these laws have been enacted. We feel their intention is to restrict access of women in Oklahoma to reproductive health care.’
The Center for Reproductive Rights was the legal counsel for plaintiffs who successfully challenged the measures when they were among several issues included in one bill.
‘We will not be making any decision about what litigation to bring until the legislative session has come to close,’ Totti said. ‘As you may know, other bills pending in the Legislature (also) serve to threaten women’s access to reproductive health.’”