Oklahoma approves a text severely restricting access to abortion

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. An even more restrictive law was passed in the Senate of this state on Thursday.

The parliament of Oklahoma, in the south of the United States, approved this Thursday a text of law prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while this conservative state welcomed for a few months thousands of Texan women seeking an abortion, after the passage of a similar text in this neighboring State.

The text voted by the lower house of the Oklahoma parliament provides for medical exceptions for access to abortion, but not in the event of rape or incest. It must now arrive on the desk of the Republican governor who should sign it and bring it into force.

A few hours after the first vote in the lower house, the Oklahoma Senate approved another text, this time prohibiting any voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) regardless of the stage of pregnancy, but including exceptions in case of medical emergencies, rape, or incest. This text will now make the parliamentary shuttle to the lower house.

Restrictions on abortion that are multiplying in the United States

On September 1, 2021, one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States came into effect in the Republican state of Texas, prohibiting all abortions from the moment a fetal heartbeat is perceptible on ultrasound. , about four weeks after fertilization.

“Oklahoma is a critical state for access to abortion right now, with many Texans fleeing to Oklahoma to (get) an abortion,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Association. rights, which defends the right to abortion.

“These bans would further decimate access to abortion across the South” of the United States, she added. In addition to Texas and Oklahoma, several texts also limiting access to abortion have been passed in other conservative states such as Florida or Mississippi.

The legality of the text voted in the latter is under review at the United States Supreme Court, with a decision expected in June.

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