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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed the nation’s strictest abortion bill; nearly all abortions are now banned in the Sooner State. Stitt campaigned on an aggressive pro-life stance, which he says most Oklahomans agree with.
“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.”
According to the Associated Press, “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.”
Abortion supporters are livid.
“The impact will be disastrous for Oklahomans,” said Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst for the abortion-rights supporting Guttmacher Institute. “It will also have severe ripple effects, especially for Texas patients who had been traveling to Oklahoma in large numbers after the Texas six-week abortion ban went into effect in September.”
Oklahoma only has 2 abortion clinics left in operation, with most shutting down after Stitt signed a six-week abortion ban earlier this month.
Stitt shared news of new bill’s the signing on Twitter.
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. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/vQJdwkDJZN
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 26, 2022
Oklahoma’s governor has signed the toughest abortion ban in effect in the U.S., outlawing the procedure at any stage of pregnancy and enforced by citizens https://t.co/dmaYrGGDuA
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 26, 2022