Oklahoma legislature passes a near total abortion ban, governor to sign

Oklahoma’s GOP-majority legislature has just passed another anti-abortion law, Just the News reports

This particular bill is known as H.B. 4327. It has now passed through Oklahoma’s legislature, which means that all that is left is for Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) to sign it into law, and he reportedly intends to do so.

H.B. 4327

In recent weeks, Oklahoma has signed into law several pieces of anti-abortion legislation. This one appears to be the most restrictive yet.

H.B. 4327 would ban all abortions from “any stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” Exceptions are made for abortions in response to “rape, sexual assault, or incest” so long as the rape, sexual assault, or incest has been reported to law enforcement.

It also provides an exception for when an abortion is deemed “necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.”

H.B. 4327, following in the footsteps of the Texas Heartbeat Act, puts enforcement in the hands of Oklahoma residents. Any private citizen is allowed to sue anyone who breaks the abortionlaw.

Background

H.B. 4327 continues the trend we have seen from Republican-led states of pushing anti-abortion legislation.

This trend was first spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s nomination of three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, which gave the court a conservative majority for the first time in decades. This signaled to pro-lifers that there is an opportunity to overturn the likes of Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. 

It now appears that the Supreme Court is about to do just this in a case regarding the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. A leak of the justices’ decision in the case suggests that they will overturn Roe, which will return the controversial issue of abortion back to the states, where many argue it belongs.

“Fundamental right”

The White House spoke out against Oklahoma’s H.B. 4327 on Thursday. Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre, after arguing that “women have a fundamental right” to have an abortion, called Oklahoma’s law the “most extreme” of its kind yet.

“Today’s action by the Oklahoma legislature is the most extreme effort to undo these fundamental rights we have seen to date,” Jean-Pierre said.

“This is part of a growing effort by ultra MAGA officials across the country to roll back the freedoms we should not take for granted in this country,” she added, claiming that Republicans also plan to target the so-called rights to “contraception and marriage equality.”

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