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Oklahoma House passes near-total abortion ban


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The Oklahoma House on Tuesday passed a near-total abortion ban — the only exception being to save the mother’s life — with overwhelming support in the chamber.

The bill, which passed 70-14, now goes to the office of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. He said he would support any anti-abortion legislation.

If enacted, it would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Republican State Rep. Jim Olsen, who sponsored the bill, said the penalties would be for the doctor, not the woman.

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Governor Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) speaks during a roundtable discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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This follows a trend of Republican states passing restrictive abortion laws in recent years, many of which have been challenged in court for their constitutionality under Roe v. Wade. But the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which could leave Roe’s fate hanging in the balance.

“Since my first day in office, protecting the unborn child has been one of my top priorities,” Republican Senator Nathan Dahm, a U.S. Senate candidate, said after the bill passed, according to Tulsa World. “Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the nation today, effectively eliminating abortion in Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma House passes near-total abortion ban

Abortion rights advocates gather outside the Oklahoma Capitol Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Oklahoma City to protest several anti-abortion bills being considered by the GOP-led Legislature.
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Abortions in Oklahoma have increased 800% since Texas passed a restrictive 6-week abortion ban last year.

“A state of emergency exists in Oklahoma,” Republican Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Treat said, according to The Washington Post. “It’s disgusting.”

Oklahoma House passes near-total abortion ban

Pro-life protesters march during the ‘Right To Life’ rally on January 15, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
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Emily Wales, Acting President of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, said: “They are more focused on governing our bodies than solving real crises, like the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic and rising death rates. kindergarten,” according to Tulsa World.

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The bill passed with no debate and little discussion and comes after the state Senate passed the bill last year.

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