Oklahoma legislature passes bill banning nearly all abortions in the state

There are exceptions in cases of saving the life of the mother, rape or incest.

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill banning abortion at conception, making it the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation if it goes into effect.

There are exceptions in cases of saving the life of the mother, rape or incest.

The bill, HB 4327, which would take effect immediately if signed by the governor, is inspired by a controversial Texas law that opens providers and anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion to civil suits.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a similar six-week ban earlier this month.

Family planning has already said he plans to challenge the state’s latest more restrictive abortion ban.

“This ban needs to be stopped — along with the other abortion bans the state passed last month,” Planned Parenthood Action said.

Stitt looks likely to sign the bill. When the governor signed into law the so-called “heartbeat law” this month, he said he wanted Oklahoma “to be the most pro-life state in the nation.”

Last month, Stitt signed another abortion bill that would make it a crime to perform abortions except when the mother’s life is in danger.

The GOP-led Oklahoma House of Representatives called HB 4327 “the most strongly pro-life bill of its kind in allowing civil liability by design.”

“I sincerely hope that in addition to the criminal bill passed this session, this tort bill will provide strong additional protection for the lives of unborn children in Oklahoma,” said Rep. Wendi Stearman, co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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