May 27, 2014 — The Oklahoma House on Friday passed a bill (SB 1848) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, among other provisions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. The measure now proceeds to Gov. Mary Fallin (R) (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/23).
SB 1848 also would require the state health board to develop operational standards for clinics that perform abortions (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/28).
The state Senate on Thursday dropped a provision that would have banned embryonic stem cell research before passing the bill and sending it back to the House for final approval.
State Sen. Greg Treat (R), the bill's sponsor, said that while he supports such a ban, he was concerned that including the provision would have violated a state requirement that bills focus on one subject (Hoberock, Tulsa World, 5/23).