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Both projects were modeled on a similar law that was passed Texas Last year, it banned abortion once cardiac activity in the fetus was detected, which is around six weeks, and allowed citizens to sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion.
The The bill passed by the Senate On Thursday all abortions will be banned except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergencies. It also allows individuals “to bring a civil action against any person … who aids or abets the procedure or inducement of an abortion.”
The The bill passed by the House of Representatives It also allows for civil action.
The Fifth US Court of Appeals dismissed challenges to the Texas law this week and the US Supreme Court has refused to intervene so far.
It is the second and third anti-abortion bills to be cleared by the Oklahoma legislature after the state’s governor. I signed a bill Earlier this month, he made performing an abortion a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison.
“I promised Oklahoma residents that I’d sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk, and that’s what we’re doing here today,” State said at the time.
The bill passed in early April won’t take effect until this summer and could be overturned through a legal challenge, but both bills passed Thursday have an “emergency” clause that will allow them to be implemented immediately.
On Thursday, Planned Parenthood said it would “go to court to stop this ban.”
“We’ve been in the middle of a crisis for the past seven months – as Texans have been forced out of their states to seek care – and now Oklahoma residents may have to do the same,” Emily Wells, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenting Voices on Great Plains said. statement earlier this month. “It is unreasonable.”
Idaho passed a Texas-style abortion ban in March, but the state Supreme Court temporarily blocked it before it went into effect.
The law in Texas led to a significant decrease in abortions in the state last year and an increase in Texas crossing the border into Oklahoma.
Before the Texas law took effect, about 40 Texan women had abortions in Oklahoma each year, but that number rose to more than 200 per month in September and October, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.