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Oklahoma Gov Signs Ban On All Abortions After Six Weeks of Pregnancy

By 05/04/2022 11:00 AMNo Comments

Similar to the Texas ban on abortions, Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a ban that prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Part of a nationwide push in GOP-led states hopeful that the conservative U.S. Supreme Court will uphold new restrictions, Stitt’s signing of the bill comes on the heels of a leaked draft opinion from the nation’s high court that it is considering weakening or overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago.

Source: 2 News Oklahoma (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

“I want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country,” Stitt tweeted after signing the bill. The bill Stitt signed takes effect immediately with his signature, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an emergency request to temporarily halt the bill. 

Abortion providers say now that the new law is in effect, they will immediately stop providing services for women after six weeks of pregnancy. The new law prohibits abortions once cardiac activity can be detected in an embryo, which experts say is roughly six weeks into a pregnancy before many women know they are pregnant. The bill authorizes abortions if performed as the result of a medical emergency, but there are no exceptions if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

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