Oklahoma’s governor signs nation’s strictest abortion ban

Oklahoma City (AFP) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin State on Wednesday signed off on the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making it the first state in the country to effectively end making the procedure available.

State legislators agreed The ban is imposed through civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law passed last year. The law takes effect immediately upon State’s signature and prohibits all abortions, with a few exceptions. Abortion providers have said they will stop performing the procedure once the law is signed.

“I have promised Oklahoma residents that, as governor, I will sign every pro-life legislation that appears on my desk and I am proud to honor that promise today,” the Republican said in a statement. “From the moment life begins at conception, we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect this baby’s life and the mother’s life. That’s what I believe in and that’s what the majority of Oklahoma residents believe in.”

Abortion providers across the country have been preparing for the possibility that the US Supreme Court’s neoconservative majority will be may restrict practice further, And that This was particularly the case in Oklahoma and Texas.

“The impact would be disastrous for Oklahoma,” said Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst on abortion rights who supports the Guttmacher Institute. “It would also have severe ripple effects, especially for Texas patients who were traveling to Oklahoma in large numbers after the six-week Texas abortion ban went into effect in September.”

Invoices are part of Aggressive push in republican-led states to curtail abortion rights. comes in the wake of a Leaked opinion draft From the nation’s Supreme Court suggesting that judges are considering weakening or overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago.

The only exceptions are in Oklahoma law It is to 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 authorities.

The bill specifically authorizes doctors to remove a “fetus dead from spontaneous abortion,” or miscarriage, or the removal of an ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening emergency that occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tubes and early in pregnancy.

The law also does not apply to the use of the morning-after pill such as Plan B or any type of contraceptive.

Two of Oklahoma’s four abortion clinics stopped offering abortions after the governor I signed a six-week ban advance this month.

With the state’s two remaining abortion clinics expected to stop providing services, it’s unclear What will happen to women who qualify under one of the exceptions. The law’s author, Representative Wendy Sternman, says doctors will be empowered to decide which women are eligible and that abortions will be performed in hospitals. But abortion rights providers and activists caution that trying to establish eligibility can be difficult and even dangerous in some circumstances.

In addition to the Texas-style bill already signed into law, the measure is one of at least three anti-abortion bills sent to the State this year.

Oklahoma law was modeled on the first Texas law of its kind passed by the US Supreme Court Allow it to stay in place It allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who assists a woman with an abortion. Other Republican-led states sought to copy Texas’ ban. Governor of Idaho The first copycat action took place in March, although it was temporarily blocked by the State Supreme Court

Oklahoma’s third bill is set to take effect this summer and would make performing an abortion a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. This bill does not contain any exceptions in the case of rape or incest.