Oklahoma law prohibits all abortions, unless the mother’s life is in danger or she has not been raped or sexually assaulted. Oklahoma previously banned abortion six weeks later so the fetus’ heart rate could be detected. As a result, the number of abortions in the state has dropped dramatically.
Charges against abortion clinics
Also, as in Texas, legislation was passed allowing citizens to sue abortion clinics and those who assisted a woman with abortions. The maximum penalty for abortion is ten years.
Two of the four clinics in Oklahoma have closed. Attorneys for the other two clinics said Thursday that if the Oklahoma governor signs the new law, they will stop operating, which is expected to happen.
The law is part of a campaign against abortion rights in Republican-led states. In addition, the Supreme Court appears to want to overturn a landmark judgment in the 1973 Rowe Wade case that legalized abortion across the country, a draft judgment that was recently leaked.
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