Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma on Tuesday signed a invoice prohibiting abortions after about six weeks of being pregnant, the newest try by Republican lawmakers within the state to seek out authorized avenues to ban abortions that may stand up to judicial challenges.
The legislation, the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, was modeled on the one which got here into power in Texas final yr, with each banning abortions after fetal cardiac exercise is detected, and requiring enforcement from civilians reasonably than authorities officers.
It was signed sooner or later after a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court docket means that Roe v. Wade shall be overturned within the coming weeks.
“I would like Oklahoma to be probably the most pro-life state within the nation as a result of I characterize all 4 million Oklahomans who overwhelmingly need to defend the unborn,” Mr. Stitt said on Twitter.
The legislation, which was authorized by Oklahoma’s Legislature final week, goes into impact instantly. It’s distinct from a brand new legislation final month that outlaws abortion completely besides to save lots of the lifetime of a pregnant lady, which takes impact in late August.
Lawmakers in Oklahoma have put ahead a variety of anti-abortion payments within the hopes of closing off any potential loopholes.
Mr. Stitt has mentioned he would signal any anti-abortion laws that got here to his desk.
When the legislation limiting abortions in Texas got here into impact final yr, Oklahoma turned one in every of a variety of states the place Texas girls got here to terminate pregnancies. The brand new Oklahoma legislation would appear to shut off that possibility.
Final week, a coalition of abortion suppliers in Oklahoma filed authorized challenges to each of the abortion bans.
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court docket has repeatedly discovered that the State Legislature’s excessive makes an attempt to limit abortion are unconstitutional, and these bans are a number of the most excessive but,” mentioned Nancy Northup, president of the Middle for Reproductive Rights, a gaggle based mostly in New York that advocates for abortion rights and which backed the authorized problem.