The Oklahoma House of Representatives Passes a Near-Total Abortion Ban

Allison Gould, Print Editor-in-Chief

On Tuesday, Apr. 5, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a nearly complete ban on abortions. This bill was first introduced and passed in the Oklahoma Senate last year; however, the H.O.R. made recent amendments to the anti-abortion bill following a stream of anti-abortion bills nationwide. Oklahoma’s governor Kevin Sitt has previously stated that he will sign any anti-abortion bill that is presented to him, indicating that this bill will soon become law once it passes through the Senate.

The singular exception to the ban on abortions are cases in which the life of the pregnant person is in danger. The bill also states that people who are found guilty of performing an abortion can face up to 10 years in prison, as well as a $100,000 fine. 

According to the Oklahoma legislature, the abortion ban can go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns at the end of May unless the courts intervene.