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Oklahoma’s New Law Could Ban Abortion Completely

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law earlier this week that makes performing an abortion a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

“We want to outlaw abortion in the state of Oklahoma,” Stitt said during a signing ceremony for the bill. “I promised Oklahomans that I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk, and that’s what we’re doing here today.”

The bill would only make an exception for cases in which the mother’s life is in danger. It does not authorize criminal charges against a woman who receives an abortion.

Sen. Nathan Dahm, an Oklahoma Republican who wrote the bill, called it the “strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma.”

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The Oklahoma bill is set to take effect 90 days after the state legislature adjourns next month, but pro-choice advocacy groups have already stated they plan on fighting it.

If the bill goes into effect, it will be the most restrictive abortion law in the country, a title currently held by Texas’ Senate 8 bill that bans abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy and makes no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Since the law went into effect, abortions in Texas have dropped by about 50%, although the number of Texans going to clinics out of state and requesting abortion pills online has gone up.

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