Abortions set to be banned in Oklahoma within months as part of Republican crackdown

Abortions could be banned in Oklahoma within months after the state’s governor signed a law making the procedure punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The legislation, signed into law by Republican governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday, makes it a felony to perform an abortion except when necessary to save a woman’s life.

Anyone convicted under the new law would face up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Republicans have hailed the move as the “strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma”.

It comes amid an aggressive push by Republican-held states to scale back abortion rights in the belief the measures will be upheld by the conservative-majority Supreme Court.

“We want to outlaw abortion in the state of Oklahoma,” Mr Stitt said during a signing ceremony.

“I promised Oklahomans that I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk, and that’s what we’re doing here today.”

The law does not apply to women undergoing an abortion but seeks to prosecute those who perform the procedure.

It is due to take effect in August, 90 days after the state legislature adjourns, unless it is blocked in the courts.  

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