Oklahoma governor to sign near-total ban on abortion into law Tuesday

Oklahoma governor to sign near-total ban on abortion into law Tuesday

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  • Washington CNN — Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday will sign a bill into law that makes performing an abortion illegal in the state, with an exception only in the case of a medical emergency.
  • Senate Bill 612, which cleared the state Senate last year and the House earlier this month, will make performing an abortion or attempting to perform one a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $100,000 or a maximum of 10 years in state prison, or both.
  • Last month, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a ban on most abortions in the state after 15 weeks, similar to a Mississippi law that’s before the US Supreme Court, and South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that further restricts access to medication abortions in the state.
  • The bill was decried by abortion rights proponents throughout the legislative process, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which said last week that the law “would be devastating” for Oklahomans and also Texans, who make up nearly half of the patients who seek abortion care in Oklahoma.

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