Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Abortion Ban Bill

Yesterday, Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill that would ban abortions from the stage of ‘fertilization’ and allow private citizens to sue providers who ‘knowingly’ perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman. The legislation is among the nation’s strictest bills on abortion and is a rebuke of protections granted in the 1973 Roe v Wade case. The bill prohibits abortions at any stage of pregnancy with exceptions for medical emergencies or if the pregnancy was a result of rape, sexual assault or incest and reported to law enforcement. According to the bill, abortion does not include the ‘use, prescription, administration, procuring or selling of plan b, morning after pills, or any other type of contraception.’ Oklahoma’s House of Representatives approved the measure with a 73 to 16 vote and it will now head to Governor Kevin Stitt’s desk for signature.