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It’s just been reported that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has just signed the strictest ban on abortion into law.
Last month Stitt signed a bill banning ‘nonbinary’ gender on birth certificates in his state, so I guess he’s on a roll.
BREAKING: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the strictest abortion ban in the U.S. into law, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. https://t.co/KjvjjJoUe0 pic.twitter.com/M5s1hFcKS7
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 25, 2022
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure.
State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last year. The law takes effect immediately upon Stitt’s signature and prohibits all abortions with few exceptions. Abortion providers have said they will stop performing the procedure as soon as the bill is signed.
“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today,” the first-term Republican said in a statement. “From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother. That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The only exceptions in the Oklahoma law are to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.
The law also does not apply to the use of morning-after pills such as Plan B or any type of contraception.
I love how the AP calls this the strictest abortion ban in the US. Maybe they are right and it is, but I say it’s not strict enough for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I would have totally supported the bill if I were an Oklahoman. This law will save so many innocent lives and it deserves our support.
But it doesn’t go far enough in my humble opinion because it still allows for abortion in the case of rape or incest, when reported to police, and it doesn’t apply to the morning after pill. I think those lives deserve protecting too.
Look, I don’t want to throw too much cold water on this. I’m extremely happy that Oklahoma made this law and hopefully it will just get better after the Supreme Court dumps Roe v Wade.