The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on the bill, which was previously passed by the Senate. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign the bill in a few days.
The Senate in Oklahoma simultaneously voted on another abortion law on Thursday, which could prosecute the person performing the abortion within six weeks. The House of Representatives has not yet considered this proposal.
Oklahoma was not the first state to tighten its rules on abortion. Strict measures have recently been introduced in 13 states of the United States. Since Texas banned abortion six weeks later in September, thousands of women have moved elsewhere to do so. Nearly half of them attended clinics in nearby Oklahoma. Republican Sen. Greg Treat, who introduced the bill in Oklahoma, said it was “to make you sick.” Patients have to seek refuge in other states, such as Colorado and New Mexico, where waiting lists are now much longer.
The right to abortion in the United States is under debate. In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Milestone Row v. Wade legalizes abortion in the United States. The Mississippi District Court has been asked to declare the ruling illegal. If Row vs. Wade was fired, and the right to abortion will be abolished not only in Mississippi but in the other 20 states.
Thanks to the appointment of three conservative judges by Donald Trump, the current structure of the Supreme Court is tilted to the right. Many southern states, many of which have been trying for years to tighten abortion rules, now hope to have the opportunity to make their wish come true.
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