This has sparked major controversy.
The governor of Oklahoma signed into law a bill that would ban all abortions after fertilization. This is so far the strictest ban in the U.S. yet.
“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today,” Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt stated.
“From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” he continued.
The bill was originally approved by Oklahoma legislators last week and it’s similar to a measure that Texas passed in September. This bill allows members of the public to sue doctors, medical practitioners, and anyone who helps with the procedure.
There are only three exceptions to this law. The first one relates to an abortion which is necessary to save the mother’s life, and the other two relate to cases of rape or incest.
Republican states are gearing up for the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade by restricting access to abortions. The landmark case established nationwide access to the procedure in 1973.
Planned Parenthood has announced it will challenge the Oklahoma law.
“We will never stop working to defend your right to control your body,” Planned Parenthood said.
Earlier this month a leaked draft opinion by the Supreme Court points to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The leak led to protests across the country.