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The Oklahoma governor on Wednesday passed a law banning all abortions since conception, making the conservative stronghold in the southern United States the most aggressive stronghold in the country when it comes to voluntary termination of pregnancy.
“I promised the people of Oklahoma that, as governor, I would sign any pro-life bill presented to me, and I’m proud to have kept that promise today,” Republican Governor Kevin Stitt said in a statement.
“In Oklahoma, we will always stand up for life,” he added.
The law passed by Oklahoma was inspired by a law passed by Texas in September that allows anyone, even without status, to sue women who had abortions or people who performed them.
Under the law, the definition of abortion does not include “the use, prescription, dispensation, or sale of the morning after pill, or any form of birth control or emergency contraception.”
The state congress had passed this law in mid-May, as the U.S. Supreme Court was preparing to deliver a ruling that would overturn the ruling handed down half a century ago by this supreme court in the United States, according to which the right to abortion is enshrined in the US Constitution.
If the Supreme Court rules in the form leaked in early May, it will mean banning or allowing abortion will return to each state individually.
Earlier this year, Politico reported that the U.S. Supreme Court plans to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that stated women’s right to abortion is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
The paper said the information is based on a draft decision dated Feb. 10, prepared by Conservative Judge Samuel Alito and has been supported by the majority of court members, but this text is still being discussed among court members pending final version. before the end. from June.
If the Supreme Court finally upholds this decision, the United States will return to the status quo that existed before 1973 when any state was free to allow or ban abortion.
In 1973, at the conclusion of its hearing of the “Roe v. Wade” case, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that set a precedent by guaranteeing a woman’s right to voluntarily terminate her pregnancy as long as her fetus is unable to to survive outside her womb, i.e. until about 22 weeks from the start of the pregnancy.
Republican-led states are trying to tighten restrictions on abortion, sometimes banning it outright after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women realize they are pregnant.
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