Hospice Notification, Admitting Privileges Bills Advance in Okla.

February 21, 2014 — The Oklahoma House on Thursday unanimously approved a bill (HB 2685) that would require abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal defects that they may seek out perinatal hospice care instead of abortion, even though the services are not available in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

The bill, proposed by state Rep. Randy Grau (R), would apply when the fetus has been diagnosed with a condition that would result in death within hours or days of birth. Although Oklahoma does not have any perinatal hospice programs, the services are available at hospitals and clinics in the nearby states of Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration (AP/Oklahoman, 2/20).