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The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would a near-total ban on abortions if it becomes law.
The Bill 4327 of the House of Representatives requires ban abortions in all cases except when the life of the mother is in dangerand allows private citizens to sue any doctor who performs abortions.
If this bill goes into effect it would become the most restrictive abortion legislation in the United States.
The text, endorsed with 79 votes in favor and 19 against, must now be approved by the Oklahoma Senate and then promulgated by the state governor, Republican Kevin Stitt, who has expressed himself in favor of restricting the right to abortion. .
The Oklahoma proposal prohibits a doctor from performing an abortion at any time during a pregnancy unless it is to “save the life” of the pregnant woman.
In addition, it allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who helps a pregnant woman have an abortion if they believe it violates the ban, and offers rewards of up to $10,000 to the plaintiff if they win the lawsuit.
After the approval, the NGO Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lamented that it is “a dark moment for the right of Oklahoma women to decide about their bodies and their futures.”
“No one should have to leave their home state to get the care they need. For many, traveling to another state will not be an option, forcing them to continue their pregnancies against their will.” the ACLU noted.
Abortion has been legal in the US since the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that the state has no right to intervene in a woman’s decision about her pregnancy, but several conservative-leaning states have imposed restrictions over the past two decades. .
Everything indicates that the conservative majority in the US Supreme Court will restrict the right to abortion in the country in June or July, when it will decide on another Mississippi law that would limit abortion from 15 weeks and that also contradicts , therefore, the precedent of 1973.
If that happens, 26 conservative-leaning states expected to restrict abortionwhich will leave millions of patients in limbo in the US, where the majority of women seeking abortions are poor and in many cases they cannot afford to travel to other states.
Until now, the most restrictive abortion law Texas, a neighbor of Oklahoma, has it, where abortion is prohibited as soon as fetal cardiac activity is detected, around six weeks of gestation.
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