Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Admitting Privileges Bill; La. Gov. To Follow Suit

May 29, 2014 — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 1848) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Reuters reports (Finn, Reuters, 5/28).

SB 1848 also requires the state health board to develop operational standards for clinics that perform abortions. The state Senate last week 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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/27).