Oklahoma Passes Almost Total Abortion Ban

Republican House lawmakers in Oklahoma passed an almost total abortion ban in the state.

The bill criminalizing any abortion except for medical emergency cases will be handed to Governor Kevin Stitt, who vowed to sign anti-abortion bills.

Senate Bill 612 will convict any person who will perform an abortion of felony. The bill also states that offenders will be subjected to a maximum fine of $100,000 and a maximum imprisonment of ten years.

Abortion rights groups expressed shock over the move of the legislators. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma said that the bill does not intend to make care safer. The intent of the bill is to shame and intimidate people for accessing a safe and essential medical procedure and to punish the doctors that provide such care, the group said.

The bill passed off the House with no debates. House Minority Leader Emily Virgin said the Democrats did not question the bill.

Amid the protests of pro-abortion groups, Representative Jim Olsen, the author of the bill, said that SB 612 will not penalize women who will undergo abortion procedures. The bill also states that it did not prohibit the sales of contraceptives.

The measure will take effect in summer once the state’s governor has signed the legislation.

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