Performing an abortion may soon be a felony in Oklahoma
(TRUNEWS) The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion.
It passed in the Oklahoma house last month by a vote of 59-9, according to the Washington Post. Thursday the senate approved it 33-12.
If the bill is signed into law, doctors who conduct the procedure could face three years in prison and be banned from practicing medicine, as reported by Reuters. The mandate would not apply to abortions performed to safe the life of a mother.
Governor Mary Fallin could sign the measure as she has previously shown support for curbing abortion. She must decide whether to sign it into law within five days.
Recently, the state executed new regulations on the practice. Only two abortion clinics remain in the Sooner State.
Pro-abortion groups claim the move in unconstitutional.
Pro-lifers want the law to trigger a case, which could possibly be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it’s a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception,” said Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow).
In the past, similar laws in Utah and Louisiana were challenged and found to be unlawful. Earlier this week, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill to ban abortion after 19 weeks.
As these states pass abortion laws and others cut off funding to abortion providers, the new trend is abortion by mail, as reported by TRUNEWS.
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