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The Oklahoma Home handed a near-total abortion ban on Tuesday – the one exception being to save lots of the lifetime of the mom – with overwhelming help within the chamber.
The invoice, which handed 70-14, now goes to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk. He has mentioned he’ll help any anti-abortion laws.
If signed into regulation, it will make performing an abortion a felony, publishable by as much as 10 years in jail and a $100,000 nice.
Republican state Rep. Jim Olsen, who sponsored the invoice, mentioned the penalties can be for the physician, not the girl.
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It follows a pattern of Republican states passing restrictive abortion legal guidelines in the previous couple of years, lots of which have been challenged within the courts over their constitutionality below Roe v. Wade. However the U.S. Supreme Court docket plans to listen to a problem to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which might go away Roe’s destiny within the steadiness.
“From my first day in office, protecting the unborn has been one of my top priorities,” Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, a U.S. Senate candidate, mentioned after the invoice handed, in accordance with Tulsa World. “Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma.”
Abortions in Oklahoma have elevated by 800% since Texas handed a restrictive 6-week abortion ban final yr.
“A state of emergency exists in Oklahoma,” Republican state Senate President Professional Tempore Greg Deal with mentioned, in accordance with the Washington Post. “It’s sickening.”
Emily Wales, interim president of Deliberate Parenthood Nice Plains Votes, mentioned, “They are more focused on governing our bodies than addressing real crises, like the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic and rising maternal mortality rates,” in accordance with Tulsa World.
The invoice was handed with no debate and little dialogue and comes after the state’s Senate handed the invoice final yr.