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Sports: Thunder wins, claims 2-0 series lead. B1 Weekend: The best places to walk, run or bike. final home edition THURSDAY $1.00 April 21, 2011 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1905 Fallin signs abortion bill ••Abortions•after•20•weeks•are• restricted•on•the•premise•that• fetuses•that•age•can•feel•pain. BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau OKLAHOMA•CITY•—•Gov.•Mary•Fallin•on• Wednesday• signed• a•measure•banning•abortions•after•20•weeks•based•on•the•claim•that•a• fetus•can•feel•pain. House• Bill• 1888,• called• the• “Pain-Capable• Unborn• Child• Protection• Act,”• would• allow• for•an•abortion•after•20•weeks•only•if•it•were• to• save• the• mother’s• life• or• to• prevent• her• from•losing•a•significant•bodily•function.•The• measure•by•Rep.•Pam•Peterson,•R-Tulsa,•and• Sen.• Clark• Jolley,• R-Edmond,• doesn’t• make• exceptions•for•a•fetus•that•is•not•viable. The• measure’s• opponents• dispute• that• a• 20-week-old•fetus•can•feel•pain. “I• believe• life• begins• at• conception,”• said• Fallin,• who• signed• the• measure• during• her• 100th•day•in•office.•“Life•is•very•sacred.•I•believe•God•has•given•each•one•of•us•a•responsibility•to•do•what•we•can•to•protect•life,•especially•the•lives•of•the•unborn.” Fallin• was• flanked• by• anti-abortion• lawmakers• and• advocates• at• a• Capitol• bill-signing•ceremony. Tulsa•Reproductive•Services•would•not•be• affected•by•the•measure•because•it•performs• abortions•only•up•to•18•weeks. “We•are•deeply•disappointed•that•the•governor• has• signed• this• harmful• bill• into• law,”• SEE ABORTION A4 What happened Wednesday Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks based on the belief that a fetus can feel pain. She also signed a bill that would require a separate insurance policy for an abortion. PREVIOUS LEGAL CHALLENGES Pending: House Bill 2780, passed last year, would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. A previous law containing the ultrasound language was thrown out in 2009 for violating the state constitution’s single-subject rule. February 2010: A law requiring women seeking abortions to disclose information that would be put on a state-run website and banning abortions based on fetus gender is thrown out by a state district court judge for violating the single-subject rule. POLICE PROPERTY: NEW HOME AT OSU Bill to cut prisoner ranks gets Senate OK BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau OKLAHOMA CITY — The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure designed to reduce the prison’s population, despite concerns a key provision of the bill had been taken out. House Bill 2131, by House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, and Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, now heads to the House after securing passage in the Senate by a vote of 44 to 3. The measure would expand community sentencing and electronic monitoring. Community sentencing costs about $3.50 per day while electronic monitoring costs about $4.75 a day. The cost to house an offender at minimum security is about $38 a day. “If we can increase the use of community-based services for nonviolent offenders and place a greater focus on treatment and prevention, the crime rates in our state could be SEE PRISONS A4 Cleveland, Wilson air views on TPS BY ANDREA EGER AND KIM ARCHER World Staff Writers Fran Randall examines a rifle at the Tulsa Police Department’s Forensic Laboratory last week. Both the police lab and the property room moved from the downtown police station to OSU’s Center for Health Science. Photos by MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World Crime lab goes high-tech TPD’s new facility up for international accreditation BY NICOLE MARSHALL World Staff Writer The cramped confines of the old Tulsa Police Department Forensic Laboratory and Property Room now seem light years behind the state-of-the art facilities where criminal evidence is now stored and tested. In fact, the high-tech Tulsa Police Laboratory could receive an international accreditation. After months of work, lab examiners are waiting for word from the American Society of Crime Lab Directors about the accreditation, which lab director Tara Valouch described as a “big step in the right direction.” Inside today’s Tulsa World Action Line ...... E4 Ask Amy ......... D4 Bridge............... D4 CD rates ........... E2 Comics .........D4,5 Crosswords .... 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In separate forums, people sought officials’ reasons for targeting the two middle schools and answers about what alternatives might exist for students who aren’t interested in an early college program. “How can you assure students that this experimental program will be up and running in just a few months?” one woman asked at Wilson, where about 85 people turned out. Disassembled bullets lie on a table at the Tulsa Police Department’s Forensic Laboratory. Forensic examiners had input on how to design the space, from the heights of the benches to the shelving. Editorial ..........A14 Horoscope ...... C8 Movies..........W10 Obituaries..... A10 Sports TV ........ B2 Stocks ............... E5 Today High 66, Low 62 Chance of storms. More weather on D6 BREAKING NEWS AT TULSAWORLD.COM Daily cents Daily- -75$1.00 View more photos of TPD’s Forensics Laboratory. 8 11775 00001 4 ,000 7 in Lawn Care Equipment! WILL $ WIN Saturday, May 21 • 6 pm – 10 pm • Play at all 7 locations! 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