Oklahoma governor signs bill to make almost all abortions illegal

Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on Tuesday that makes it a crime to perform an abortionpunishable by 10 years in prison, with exceptions only for abortions performed to save the mother’s life.

The bill, which takes effect 90 days after the state legislature adjourns next month, is part of an aggressive campaign in Republican-led states across the country to slash child rights. ‘abortion. Abortion rights advocates say the bill signed by the GOP governor is likely to face a legal challenge.

Its passage comes as the conservative U.S. Supreme Court plans to roll back abortion rights in place for nearly 50 years.

Under the bill, anyone convicted of performing an abortion faces up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. It does not allow criminal prosecution of a woman for having an abortion.

State Sen. Nathan Dahm, the Republican author of the bill currently before Congress, called it “the strongest pro-life legislation in the nation today that effectively eliminates abortion.” in Oklahoma”.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki denounced the law, calling it an “unconstitutional attack on women’s rights” that “is just the latest and one of the most extremes promulgated to date”.

“Make no mistake: Today’s actions in Oklahoma are part of a disturbing national trend that is attacking women’s rights, and the Biden administration will continue to stand with women in Oklahoma and across the country in the fight. to defend their freedom to make their own choices regarding their future life,” Psaki said in a statement.

Abortion rights advocates say the bill is clearly unconstitutional.

“It has never been more apparent that politicians are using tricks and games to pass these harmful laws,” said Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Texas and Oklahoma and board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health, in a statement. “Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to ban abortion on all sides and just see which of these dangerous and shameful bills they can get their governor to sign.”

Similar anti-abortion bills approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and other conservative states in recent years have been struck down by the courts as unconstitutional, but supporters were backed by the Supreme Court ruling. to allow new abortion restrictions in Texas to stay in place.

The new Texas law, the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States in decades, leaves enforcement to private citizens, who have the right to collect what critics call a $10,000 “bonus” if they bring a successful lawsuit against a provider or anyone who helps a patient get an abortion.

Several states, including Oklahoma, are pursuing similar legislation this year.

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