Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Bill Making Performing An Abortion A Felony

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill making performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $100,000 fine
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Lawmakers in the Oklahoma House have approved legislation that would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison.

From the Oklahoma City ABC News affiliate:

With little discussion and no debate, the Republican-controlled House voted 70-14 to send the bill to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has previously said he’d sign any anti-abortion bill that comes to his desk.

The Oklahoma bill, which passed the Senate last year, makes an exception only for an abortion performed to save the life of the mother, said GOP state Rep. Jim Olsen, of Roland, who sponsored the bill.

Under the bill, a person convicted of performing an abortion would face up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The law would make abortion illegal from the moment of conception – with no exception for rape or incest.

Since neighboring Texas passed its own severe anti-abortion ban last year, Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in Oklahoma reports an 800% increase in the number of women showing up for help.