OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – One of the strongest anti-abortion bills in the country is now in effect in Oklahoma.
On April 12, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 612 into law.
“Senate Bill 612 would make abortion entirely illegal,” said Rep. Jim Olsen on the House floor in April.
The bill makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. They would face up to 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
“Oklahoma has overwhelmingly and repeatedly decided that we don’t want to be killing babies. There is no higher purpose that a legitimate government has than to protect innocent life,” said Olsen.
The only exception allowed under the measure would be if an abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother.
It does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
The measure went into effect on Aug. 25.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued the following statement Friday regarding the new abortion bans:
“Today marks the latest attack against the fundamental rights of Americans as new abortion bans go into effect in Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. These extreme bans will criminalize abortion, in some cases without exceptions for rape or incest. These near-total abortion bans are part of a growing effort by Republican legislators to roll back the freedoms Americans have relied on for nearly half a century. Today’s radical steps take away women’s reproductive rights and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives. Americans need to know that these and other fundamental rights, including the right to contraception and marriage equality, are at risk. Congress should act immediately to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe–and people across the country to should make their voices heard.”Karine Jean-Pierre