United States: Oklahoma completely bans abortion

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Already banned from six weeks of pregnancy, abortion is now completely banned in Oklahoma. The governor signed this Wednesday the law adopted by the local Parliament. An entry into force which comes at a time when a new order from the Supreme Court could change the historic Roe versus Wade case law.

The Governor of Oklahoma promulgated a law on Wednesday May 25 prohibiting all abortions upon fertilization, making this conservative bastion in the southern United States the state with the most restrictive regulations in terms of voluntary termination of pregnancy.

“I promised the people of Oklahoma that as governor I would sign any pro-life legislation that came my way, and I’m proud to have delivered on that promise today,” the Republican said. Kevin Stitt, in a statement. “In Oklahoma, we will always stand up for life,” he added.

The organization Planned Parenthood, which defends the right to abortion, had announced on this occasion that it was going to “sue Oklahoma”. “This ban, along with all the other bans this state has passed in the past month, must be stopped,” Planned Parenthood continued on Twitter.

Inspired by the SB8 law passed by Texas in September, this text, which comes into force throughout the State, opens the door to lawsuits launched by ordinary citizens against people suspected of having had an abortion.

The Roe versus Wade case law under threat

The definition of abortion, according to the text, however, does not include “the use, prescription, supply, or sale of morning after pills, or any type of contraception or emergency contraception”.

This law had been passed by the Oklahoma legislature in mid-May amid threats to abortion rights by the Supreme Court, which, according to a document revealed by the media Politico, seems ready to go back 50 years. after its historic decision to protect abortion.

Even if it is supported by 61% of the population, according to recent polls, the right to abortion has been a very divisive social issue since the historic “Roe versus Wade” judgment of January 1973, which protects the rights of Americans to terminate their pregnancies.

In the event of a decision by the Supreme Court reversing this right, 26 conservative states, mostly in the center and south of the country such as Wyoming, Tennessee or South Carolina, are ready to immediately ban abortion.

With AFP


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