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Senate panel OKs new abortion regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY  A bill to impose strict new state regulations and requirements for abortion providers in Oklahoma has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 19-2 on Wednesday for the bill by Edmond Republican state Sen. Greg Treat. The bill next heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure would require the Oklahoma State Board of Health to develop a list of standards for facilities, supplies, equipment and personnel that abortion providers would have to maintain at all times.

Among the requirements is that a physician with admitting privileges at an accredited hospital within 30 miles of the facility be on the premises at any day on which an abortion is performed.

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