04.12.2022 – (PRESS STATEMENT) Today, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a ban on abortion (S.B. 612), which makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. The law is set to take effect in August, 2022. Oklahoma also has a “trigger ban” on the books, which is designed to ban abortion immediately if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Statement from Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“The U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to stop Texas from nullifying the constitutional right to abortion has emboldened other states to do the same. Oklahoma’s total abortion ban is blatantly unconstitutional and will wreak havoc on the lives of people seeking abortion care within and outside the state. With the Texas six-week ban in place, many people are traveling to Oklahoma to get care. We’ve sued the state of Oklahoma ten times in the last decade to protect abortion access and we will challenge this law as well to stop this travesty from ever taking effect.”
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