Oklahoma Legislature Passes Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions: NPR

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt poses for a photo with the bill he signed, making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, on April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma, following a bill signing ceremony.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt poses for a photo with the bill he signed, making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, on April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma, following a bill signing ceremony.

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The Oklahoma legislature passed a bill Thursday that bans nearly all abortions beginning with fertilization.

The legislation builds on an Oklahoma bill passed earlier this month that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, echoing a similar move in Texas.

Vice President Kamala Harris called it “one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country.”

“It’s outrageous and just the latest in a series of extreme laws across the country,” Harris said in a statement. virtual meeting with abortion providers.

If Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs the bill, the legislation would go into effect immediately. Stitt has vowed to make Oklahoma “the most pro-life state in the country.”

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