Another State Passes Abortion Restrictions

Another State Passes Abortion Restrictions

Another State THROWS OUT Abortion – Good Riddance!

( – Abortion has long been a topic of debate between Republicans and Democrats. Several red states are beginning to implement stricter abortion regulations, with Oklahoma being the most recent. Will this have an impact on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding “Roe v. Wade”?

Oklahoma “OKs” Abortion Bill

Recently, Oklahoma state lawmakers passed two bills, essentially making abortion illegal. If Republican Governor Kevin Stitt decides to sign these acts into law, they would take effect immediately, meaning Oklahoma would be the worst state for anyone wanting an abortion. Governor Stitt had already passed a bill in mid-April, making it a felony to perform most abortions, but that bill won’t take effect until well into summer. In addition, the legislation may not hold up against legal opposition.

Stitt has mentioned he will sign, and therefore pass, any anti-abortion bill that makes it to his desk. The other bill, the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy unless the health of the mother is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape. Oklahoma lawmakers also passed legislation declaring abortions after six weeks of pregnancy illegal. Oklahoma State Senator Julie Daniels (R) said their goal is to “protect unborn children.” There are currently four abortion clinics in Oklahoma, all of which are bracing for the impact of the newly signed legislature.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights activists are doing what they can to block the ban, filing lawsuits in the state’s courts. According to Reuters, an abortion advocacy group, the Guttmacher Institute, claims this will be the first law of its kind since the Supreme Court ruling in the 1973 “Roe v. Wade” case.

Setting a Trend

Oklahoma is hardly the first state to put such harsh restrictions on abortions. The Lone Star State passed similar legislation, making it more difficult to get an abortion and driving pregnant women to Oklahoma. Now, with the Sooner State also banning abortions, pregnant women seeking the procedure will need to travel to Kansas, where abortion is legal up until 22 weeks of pregnancy.

It’s a trend becoming more and more common among Republican states, especially as many conservatives expect the Supreme Court to overturn “Roe v. Wade,” or at least make changes to it. The ruling’s fate came into question due to a hearing regarding a Mississippi abortion law.

Several of the high court’s justices seemed willing to potentially overturn “Roe v. Wade” during oral arguments. Will this trend of red states pressure the conservative-heavy Supreme Court into overturning “Roe v. Wade”? If so, what does that mean for women seeking abortions?

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