OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Legislature has finally approved another Texas-style abortion bill.
Abortion providers say once the bill is signed, it will be the most restrictive abortion ban in force in the country.
The bill prohibits all abortions except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, as reported to law enforcement.
Bill 4327 is based on law enforcement, which can circumvent litigation by giving private citizens the right to sue abortion providers.
It is the latest in a series of abortion bills to be sent to Governor Kevin Steet’s table, including one he signed earlier this month banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
After the Oklahoma legislature passed it, Nancy Northup, president and director general of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said, “We will fight this ban in state court. Access to abortion is a human right and should not depend on where you live. ”
Its adoption is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to cut abortion rights.
He is now heading to Governor Stew, who is expected to sign it. The bill will come into force as soon as he signs it.