Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes it felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The bill, which takes effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns next month, makes an exception only for an abortion performed to save the life of the mother. Abortion rights advocates say the bill is certain to face a legal challenge.
The bill does not authorize criminal charges against a woman for receiving an abortion. Sen. Nathan Dahm who wrote the bill, called it the “strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma.”
Abortion rights advocates say the bill is clearly unconstitutional. “It has never been more obvious that politicians are using tricks and games to pass these harmful laws,” Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Texas and Oklahoma and a board member at Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement.
“Oklahoma legislators are trying to ban abortion from all sides and merely seeing which of these dangerous, shameful bills they can get their governor to sign.”
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 extreme state laws signed into law to date.”
“Make no mistake: the actions today in Oklahoma are a part of disturbing national trend 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 about their futures,” Psaki said in a statement.
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