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    The Oklahoma House overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday to require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice in spite of opponents' concerns that similar anti-abortion laws in other states have been blocked following costly court challenges.

  • Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond, speaks during a committee meeting in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. A bill by Grau that restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs was passed out of committee. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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    Two measures to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma easily cleared a House committee on Tuesday over the objection of outnumbered Democrats who argue the bills are unnecessary.

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  • Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican state legislator, said the bomb scare is part of what he considers a growing trend of abortion advocates trying to make pro-life people appear violent or extremist.

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  • Rep. Mike Ritze, an osteopathic physician, said his clinical privileges bill is identical to one approved in Texas and is designed to provide a safety mechanism for women who may develop complications as the result of an abortion.

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