Oklahoma lawmakers pass abortion ban and go to Gov. Kevin Stitt to sign

Oklahoma (KTRK) – The Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 4327 Thursday, which is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

Billed as the nation’s toughest anti-abortion law, this law is modeled after the Texas Heartbeat Act.

Oklahoma’s governor is waiting to sign legislation that would ban abortion in the state with few exceptions.

The Planned Parenthood Great Plains, along with other reproductive rights advocates, responded to the Oklahoma legislature’s decision.

Emily Wales, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said the organization stands ready to roll back on lawmakers’ decisions.

“Our clinics will do everything we can to ensure patient care,” said Rabia Muqaddam, senior counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The reality is that it won’t be possible for everyone, especially since the majority of patients who seek abortions in Oklahoma and nationally are low-income people, and the reality is that some can travel, but many cannot.” .”

Once signed by Governor Kevin Stitt, the law will go into effect immediately. Abortions are banned beginning with fertilization, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, rape or incest.

Amy O’Donnell of the Texas Alliance for Life said the bill models the Texas Heartbeat Act and also allows people to sue those who provide abortion services.

“We’re seeing Oklahoma moving to protect life in its state with even greater measures,” O’Donnell said. “And so we believe this is a response to the potential that could be coming.”

Protests erupted across the country after the leak of the US Supreme Court’s stupid ruling in May, leading pro-choice and pro-life advocates to believe Roe v. Wade could be toppled.

“If the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade as expected,” said Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University. “This legislation will only be enforced for a short time because once Roe v. Wade is repealed, Oklahoma’s Trigger Act will go into effect and all abortions will be banned in Oklahoma unless the life of the mother is in danger.”

The U.S. Supreme Court will deliver its final decision in Roe v. Wade expected to announce by the end of June.

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