Oklahoma Bill Prohibiting Abortion After Sex of the Fetus is Known (HB 1396)
This law was last updated on Feb 5, 2019
HB 1396 would prohibit a person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion after the sex of the fetus has been determined unless an abortion is necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant person or to prevent impairment to their health.
Prior to the performance of an abortion, the physician or other person who is performing the abortion would be required to ask the pregnant person if they know the sex of the fetus. The pregnant person would need to sign an affidavit that either swears to having no knowledge of the sex, or to having knowledge of the sex.
If the pregnant person knows the sex of the fetus, the person who was going to perform the abortion would be prohibited from doing so and would be required to inform the pregnant person that “abortion as a method of sex selection for children” is prohibited.
Sex-selective abortion is not a widespread problem in the United States. Sex-selective abortion bans usually prohibit abortion if the sex of the fetus is the reason for the abortion. This bill prohibits abortion if a patient simply knows the sex of the fetus.
1/16/19 – Prefiled.
2/4/19 – Introduced; referred to House Public Health Committee.