Oklahoma is about to deal with some tough battles.
Yesterday, the Republican-dominated state passed a bill which will make it a felony for any doctor to perform an abortion — except in cases where a mother’s life is in danger.
The bill can hold doctors punishable by up to three years in prison if they perform this medical procedure. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican opposed to abortion, must sign the bill for it to follow through. She has stated that she will need time to consider the bill.
During a debate, Republican Nathan Dahm, an author of the bill, said, “Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it’s a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception.”
Supporters of the bill say it will be able to withstand legal challenges as the state is within its right to set licensing requirements for doctors.
However, opponents of the bill are stating that it will lead to expensive legal battles.
“This obviously unconstitutional bill will never withstand legal scrutiny, and is designed to scare doctors and shame women,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
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