The New York Times reports:
The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that prohibits nearly all abortions starting at fertilization, which would make it the nation’s strictest abortion law.
The bill is modeled on one that took effect in Texas in September, which has relied on civilian instead of criminal enforcement to work around court challenges. But it goes further than the Texas law, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
The bill subjects abortion providers and anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion to civil suits from private individuals. It would take effect immediately upon signature by Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican who has pledged to make his state the most anti-abortion in the nation.
Read the full article. At his inauguration breakfast in 2019, Stitt and his wife declared that the primary mission of his administration would be to “bring people to Jesus.”
Breaking News: Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill banning nearly all abortions starting at fertilization, which would make it the nation’s strictest abortion law. https://t.co/XcR8XudXyp
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 19, 2022