If approved and signed into the law, all abortions in the state will become illegal, and anybody who continues to provide abortions or aids them will potentially face civil suits.
According to the Independent, Oklahoma has a Republican-dominated legislature, and the most severe anti-abortion bill has just been approved. This will mean that any termination of pregnancy past fertilization will become illegal.
The Independent states: “The bill passed the state’s House of Representatives on 19 May by a 73-16.”
Governor Kevin Stitt has pledged to sign the bill into Oklahoma’s law immediately. However, he has already begun to face several legal challenges from those providing abortion and abortion advocates.
Oklahoma will become the first US state to ‘effectively make all abortions illegal, the Independent states when the signing occurs.
Stitt signed several anti-abortion measures into law for Oklahoma earlier this year. This includes banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is often too early for most women to be aware of the pregnancy.
A bill signed into law has made any ‘abortion care’ illegal with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and this is due to take effect later this summer, according to the Independent. This could mean that some variants of contraception could also become illegal to administer and take.
Planned Parenthood Action has stated: “This ban must be stopped – along with the other abortion bans the state passed last month.”
As for Texan patients who relied on abortion access from Oklahoma will be forced to continue with their pregnancies to full term or travel further away to states where the termination of pregnancies is still legal.
Emily Wales, CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, told the Independent: “[The measure] is not one more ban. It is not another ban. It is a first” and a “reversal of history happening in front of our eyes.”
During Thursday’s briefing, Wales said: “We are set to mourn the loss of protections that have ensured the ability of people to make personal medical decisions.”
The medical director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Dr Iman Alsaden, is condemning the state’s plan for anti-abortion. Precisely how it impacts the patients who are of Black and Indigenous backgrounds and their families, according to the Independent.
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