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Senate Health Committee Passes Abortion Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Time

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Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

Supporters say the bill gives a woman more time before she makes an irrevocable decision, but opponents say it provides another barrier to a woman seeking a safe and legal medical procedure.

The abortion rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute says only three other states currently have 72-hour waiting periods: Missouri, South Dakota and Utah.

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