Oklahoma governor signs into law strictest abortion ban in the U.S




  • In US
  • 2022-05-26 00:24:17Z
  • By Reuters
 

By Gabriella Borter

(Reuters) -Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the strictest abortion ban in the United States, one that prohibits abortions from fertilization and allows private citizens to sue those who help women terminate their pregnancies.

"I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today," Stitt said in a statement.

The Republican-backed legislation, which takes effect immediately, makes exceptions only in cases of medical emergency, rape or incest.

Oklahoma is among the country's Republican-led states rushing to pass anti-abortion laws this year, anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established the constitutional right to abortion.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global advocacy group based in New York, said it would "imminently file a challenge to the ban and seek to block it in court."

"Oklahoma is now the only state in the United States to successfully outlaw abortion while Roe v. Wade still stands," the center said in a statement.

A draft Supreme Court opinion leaked on May 2 showed the court's conservative majority intends to overhaul federal abortion rights and send the issue of legalization back to individual states.

Oklahoma's four abortion clinics have already stopped providing abortion services in anticipation of the ban.

Earlier this month, Oklahoma enacted another bill that banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, as opposed to fertilization. Like the latest measure, it relies on civil lawsuits for enforcement.

The enforcement provision in both bills was modeled after Texas legislation that took effect in September and stopped clinics from performing nearly all abortions in that state.

Before the passage of the Oklahoma laws, it had become a destination for Texas women seeking abortions after six weeks. The restrictions in Oklahoma have now expanded a region of the country where there is little to no legal abortion access, forcing patients to travel to states such as Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado to end their pregnancies.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Sandra Maler and Tom Hogue)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Roe v Wade ruling disproportionately hurts Black women, experts say
Roe v Wade ruling disproportionately hurts Black women, experts say
  • US
  • 2022-06-27 10:05:01Z

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's constitutional right to an abortion is expected to have a disproportionate impact on Black women and ...

Roe v Wade: Church that helped Jane Roe still aids abortion-seekers
Roe v Wade: Church that helped Jane Roe still aids abortion-seekers

A Dallas church linked to Jane Roe will keep helping women get abortions despite Supreme Court ruling.

Many US companies move to pay travel costs for employees seeking abortions
Many US companies move to pay travel costs for employees seeking abortions

Tech firms and banks, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, add 'critical healthcare' package

SD gov: Bar abortion pills, but don
SD gov: Bar abortion pills, but don't punish women for them
  • US
  • 2022-06-26 18:25:59Z

South Dakota's Republican governor pledged on Sunday to bar mail-order abortion pills but said women should not face prosecution for seeking them. In...

Democratic women call on Biden, Congress to protect federal abortion rights
Democratic women call on Biden, Congress to protect federal abortion rights
  • US
  • 2022-06-26 17:16:08Z

Leading Democratic women called on President Joe Biden and Congress on Sunday to protect abortion rights nationwide after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • แอน
    (2022-05-27 06:44:23Z)

    เล่น Maga Slot บนมือถือ ได้เหมือน ฟีฟาย จุดเด่นสิ่งแรกของการเล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ megaslotgame เป็นมีเกมให้เลือกอย่างนานัปการ จากหลายค่ายที่มีการปรับปรุง เมื่อเข้ามาเล่นเกมสล็อตผ่านเว็บไซต์พนันออนไลน์

    REPLY
  • PGSLOT
    (2022-05-27 07:31:55Z)

    Slot168 เว็บสล็อตออนไลน์ โบนัสเเตกง่าย ได้เงินจริง โปรโมชั่นเยอะ ต้องเกม pg slot เท่านั้น ยิ่งเล่น ยิ่งรวย ได้เงินจริง อัตราการจ่ายเงินรางวัลสูง คุ้มค่ากับการลงทุนแน่นอน ที่ได้รับความนิยมมากที่สุด

    REPLY

Top News: US