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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Oklahoma OKs Country’s Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

by Sean Murphy | The Associated Press

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma’s legislature on Thursday gave final approval to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it.

The bill is part of an aggressive push to curtail abortion rights in Republican-led states across the country. This comes on the heels of a leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court that suggests the landmark Roe v. Wade’s decision to dilute or reverse.

Collinsville Republican Representative Wendy Stearman’s bill would prohibit all abortions except those that save the life of a pregnant woman, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.

“Do we aim to protect the right to life or not?” Stearman asked his aides before the bill was passed, mostly along party lines, on a vote of 73–16.

The bill is one of at least three anti-abortion bills sent to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has indicated he will sign it. Another Texas-style abortion bill that prohibits the procedure to detect heart activity in a fetus after it’s about six weeks, experts say, has already gone into effect and the practice has already been dramatic in Oklahoma. substantially reduced. Another bill set to take effect this summer would make it a crime to perform an abortion, which could carry up to 10 years in prison. There is no exception in that bill for rape or incest.

“At this point, we are preparing for the most restrictive environment politicians can create: a complete ban on abortion, without exception,” said Emily Wells, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which has Two stopped providing abortions. Oklahoma clinics went into effect earlier this month after a six-week ban. “This is the worst-case scenario for abortion care in the state of Oklahoma.”

Like Texas law, the Oklahoma bill would allow private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helped a woman get an abortion. After the US Supreme Court allowed that mechanism to remain in place, other Republican-led states sought to copy Texas’ ban. Idaho’s governor signed off on the counterfeiting measure earlier in March, though it has been temporarily blocked by the state’s Supreme Court.

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