(TargetLiberty.org) – Oklahoma has just passed a law to outlaw most abortions. From now on, the procedure will only be allowed when it’s necessary to save the mother’s life. In a win for pro-life campaigners, this could just be the start of a swing away from liberal abortion laws.
On April 12, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed the state legislature’s Senate Bill 612, which outlaws abortion “except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.” Anyone who performs, or attempts to perform, the procedure for any other reason could face 10 years in prison or a $100,000 fine. Notably, the law doesn’t allow for the prosecution of a woman who seeks an abortion – only the people who attempt to perform or perform the procedure.
Stitt, a father of six, announced the law’s signing, and said “I promised Oklahomans I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk… We want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country.” That’s a bold claim, and Stitt could soon find himself facing a lot of competition from other GOP-run states.
The most important thing is to take a stand for the unborn and protect life.
Every life is precious.
As a father of six, that’s what I believe and I know that’s what Oklahomans believe. pic.twitter.com/VjmUz5QdOD
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) April 12, 2022
Last December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an abortion case that could have massive implications. With its current conservative majority there’s a chance the justices could finally overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade judgment, which took abortion law out of the hands of the states. The Supreme Court is set to rule on the case by the end of its 2021-22 session. If states regain the power to ban the procedure, many Republican-led legislatures will undoubtedly rush to do just that. Oklahoma’s abortion ban could soon have a lot of company.
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