Oklahoma legislature approves abortion ban

If enacted, a person convicted of performing a medically unnecessary abortion will face a maximum of ten years in prison.

Updated: April 5, 2022 - 4:01pm

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The Oklahoma House on Tuesday approved a bill that would make performing an abortion punishable by up to 10 years in prison in all cases except to save a mother's life.

The bill passed 70-14 in the state House without any debate, the Associated Press reported. The legislation now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has said before that he will sign all pro-life bills he can. 

The abortion bill passed the state Senate last year. If enacted, a person convicted of performing a medically unnecessary abortion will face a maximum of ten years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

"The penalties are for the doctor, not for the woman," said the Republican sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jim Olsen, the AP reported.

The Oklahoma House passed a near-total abortion ban last month modeled off of the Texas law by allowing private citizens to sue those involved in abortions.

The ACLU decried Oklahoma's abortion legislation on Tuesday. 

"No one should be forced to continue a pregnancy against their will," the group tweeted.

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