On Tuesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams characterized as "highly restrictive" two abortion related laws recently passed by the Oklahoma state legislature over the Democratic governor's veto. Neither of the measures would apparently ban abortion at any stage of pregnancy, as one law requires that an ultrasound of the unborn baby be performed and shown to a pregnant woman before an abortion could take place. On the April 27 show, Williams related:
In Oklahoma tonight, two highly restrictive abortion measures are now law. One requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. The second protects doctors from malpractice suits if they choose not to inform the parents of an unborn child that the fetus has birth defects. The governor had vetoed both measures last week, but today the legislature had enough votes to override those vetoes by the governor.