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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill that would make it a felony to perform abortions

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Mark Berman | The Washington Post

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a controversial bill that would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, saying she felt the bill was too vague and unable to withstand a legal challenge.

Fallin’s decision came a day after lawmakers in the state approved the bill, viewed by supporters of abortion rights and opponents alike as unprecedented.

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’” Fallin, a Republican, said in a statement announcing her decision.

According to the measure, known as SB1552, a person who performs or induces an abortion would have been found of a felony and punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.

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