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Perinatal Hospice Notification Requirement Becomes Law

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Perinatal Hospice Notification Bill

April 30, 2014 — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 2685) that will require abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have anomalies incompatible with life that they may seek out perinatal hospice care instead of abortion, the AP/Tulsa World reports (AP/Tulsa World, 4/29).

Such services are not available in Oklahoma. The new law, proposed by state Rep. Randy Grau (R), applies when a fetus has been diagnosed with a condition that would result in death within hours or days of birth (Women's Health Policy Report, 2/21).

According to the AP/World, such services -- which might involve obstetricians, neonatologists, psychiatrists, clergy or others -- are provided from the time of diagnosis through birth and death (AP/Tulsa World, 4/29).