Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed a bill into law banning abortions from the stage of “fertilization” and allowing private citizens to sue abortion providers who “knowingly” perform or induce an abortion “on a pregnant woman.”
The bill, HB 4327, is among the nation’s strictest on abortion and is a clear rebuke of the protections granted in the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade. Abortion rights advocates have vowed to mount a legal challenge to the law. The law prohibits abortions at any stage of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies or if the pregnancy was a result of rape, sexual assault or incest and reported to law enforcement.
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