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Oklahoma House Sends Texas-Style Abortion Ban To Governor


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The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

SEAN MURPHY

Apr. 28, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House gave final approval on Thursday to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

The bill approved by the GOP-led House now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign it within days. The assault on abortion rights is one of several culture-war issues conservatives in GOP-led states have embraced, like restricting LGBTQ rights, that drive the party’s base in an election year.

 

Dubbed the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, the bill prohibits abortions once cardiac activity can be detected in the fetus, which experts say is roughly six weeks into a pregnancy. A similar bill approved in Texas last year led to a dramatic reduction in the number of abortions performed in that state, sending many women seeking the procedure to Oklahoma and other surrounding states.

Although Stitt already signed a bill earlier this year to make performing an abortion a felony crime in Oklahoma, that measure is not set to take effect until later in the summer and might not withstand a legal challenge.

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If folks don’t get a handle on the actions of their local and federal elected or appointed representatives the people of this nation won’t need to worry about rights, voting, quality of life and most of all a future for their kids. Republicans are in motion to take what they need to rule, Republicans are in motion to take what they need to rule, if the sleepy people of America don’t wake up, it will be to late to change the course.

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Unfortunately it seems we are getting exactly the government we deserve for exactly the reasons you describe

 

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May 2 2022

The Texas Heartbeat Law went into effect about nine months ago, and a new story from AFP chronicles the tragic inconvenience suffered by pregnant women who now travel to other states to abort their babies. But there's one party missing from this account.

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