On Wednesday, May 25, Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma signed a bill that bans nearly all abortions. The total ban will take effect immediately.
The law, which was passed by the state legislature on May 19, incentivizes private civilians to enforce the ban and bring costly litigation against abortion providers or anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion.
This signing makes Oklahoma responsible for the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country.
The New York Times spoke to the Center’s president and CEO Nancy Northup about the new law: “We are seeing the beginning of a domino effect that will spread across the entire South and Midwest if Roe falls,” she said. “Right now, patients in Oklahoma are being thrown into a state of chaos and fear. That chaos will only intensify as surrounding states cut off access as well.”
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The New York Times: Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill That Bans Most Abortions, 05.25.2022