Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on Tuesday which makes performing an abortion a felony except to save the life of a mother in emergency situations.
This comes as Texas’ so-called Heartbeat Law has increased abortions in the neighboring Oklahoma eight-fold and as other conservative states work to restrict or outright ban the practice around the country as Roe v. Wade could be weakened or overturned in the Supreme Court this summer.
“I promised Oklahomans that I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk and that’s what we’re doing today,” Stitt, which The Daily Wire notes is a father of six, said when he signed the bill. “We want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country. We want to outlaw abortion in the state of Oklahoma.”
“The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from our creator, and that among those rights is the right to life, and that governments are instituted to secure those rights,” Republican state Senator Nathan Dahm, who authored the bill, said.
“It is far past time that the government of the state of Oklahoma defend the right to life.”
“Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma,” he also noted.
“No one should be able to intentionally take an innocent life,” Dahm, who is currently running for U.S. Congress, said. “Senate Bill 612 defends life from conception, will stop the murder of the unborn and end the massacre that has been taking place in our state for decades through abortion.”
Under the law, “a person shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.”
Those who violate the law face fines of up to $100,000 and/or 10 years in prison.
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