Oklahoma House Passes Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions As Texas Law Driving Up Business for Clinics

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Oklahoma’s abortion clinics are seeing business boom thanks to Texas’ so-called Heartbeat Law that bans nearly all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

However, thanks to a near-total abortion ban which just passed the Oklahoma state House, the Buckeye State could soon make it even more difficult to obtain abortions than Texas.

Fox News reported that on Tuesday, the Oklahoma House passed a bill 70-14 which would ban all abortions other than those performed to save the life of a mother.

The legislation now heads for Republican Governor Kevin Stitt’s desk as pro-abortion activists lament that the days of “reproductive freedom” in Oklahoma could soon come to an end.

“They are more focused on governing our bodies than addressing real crises, like the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic and rising maternal mortality rates,” Emily Wales, interim president of the regional political action group Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes said.

Pro-life lawmakers, on the other hand, are horrified to see the slaughter that has taken place in their state since Texas’ law went into effect, increasing the number of abortions by 800%.

“A state of emergency exists in Oklahoma,” said Republican state Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, according to the Washington Post. “It’s sickening.”

“From my first day in office, protecting the unborn has been one of my top priorities,” said Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, who is running for U.S. Senate. “Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma.”

As the Supreme Court considers a challenge against a Mississippi abortion law which could ultimately result in Roe v. Wade being weakened or overturned, conservative states have been emboldened to more strictly regulate abortion while progressive states scramble to put in place legislative framework to protect abortion access in the event that the 1973 ruling is overturned.

Several states have laws in place which would make abortion automatically illegal should Roe be overturned, while other states, like Colorado, have established abortion as a “constitutional right” in their state.

Earlier this month, legislation was introduced in California which would seemingly protect any and all abortions in the Golden State and even murder of unborn babies, thanks to vaguely-worded proposed amendments changing laws that currently require coroners to investigate suspected self-induced abortions and “perinatal” deaths.

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