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Oklahoma Isn’t Waiting for Roe Decision to Shred Reproductive Rights

If the Supreme Court kills people Roe v. Wade, as expected, it might not change much in Oklahoma: Either way, abortion would be illegal at the time. Republicans in the state on Thursday passed the nation’s most powerful restoration of reproductive rights, a bill that bans virtually all abortions. When it was signed by the Republican Governor Kevin Stittpersons swear To make Oklahoma the “most pro-life state” in America, the last remaining abortion providers there will cease operations.

“Today’s action by the Oklahoma legislature is the most extreme attempt to repeal these fundamental rights that we have seen to date,” said White House Press Secretary. Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement on Thursday. “This is part of a growing effort by extremist MAGA officials around the country to restore freedoms that we shouldn’t take for granted in this country.”

Modeled after the Texas bill signed by Greg Abbott Last year, Oklahoma law required private citizens to sue anyone who “performs or induces” an abortion or who “assists or abets” the procedure. Texas law, one of the most draconian in the country, prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Oklahoma’s went even further, banning the insemination procedure in most cases. “Once signed, abortion will be illegal in Oklahoma, complete cessation,” says Emily Wales, interim president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, according to Tulsa KUTL. “Today’s ban… is a historical reversal unfolding before our very eyes.”

Any violator could face fines of up to $10,000 under passed legislation 73-16. It provides exceptions for cases where an abortion is needed to save the mother’s life and in cases of rape and incest — but only if those cases are reported to the police.

“If a young girl is raped by her uncle, she is likely not going to report it to law enforcement,” says Democratic State Representative Cyndi Munson Representative of the Republican Party asked Wendi Stearman, the sponsor of the bill. “She is not allowed to have an abortion on your bill because I understand that. And are you okay with that? ”

“I’m fine with that,” Stearman replied.

That exchange underscored the ugliness of the whole undertaking — and provided a glimpse into the future against the odious choice America stands on its doorstep. It’s a world with an American majority — anyone born therein Roe was decided in 1973 — not encountered. While reproductive rights have long been at stake, the anti-abortion movement has picked up speed recently, with states like Texas moving to limit access to abortion and Republicans blocking the justice system with judge hostile to reproductive rights. That concerted, decades-long effort has yielded the current conservative majority on the Supreme Court, now poised to strike. Roethe protection of; then, about half the country will be like Oklahoma. “These people don’t know what they’re talking about,” Dr. Iman AlsadenMedical director of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, told Guardians. “They’re making laws that control our healthcare and people’s basic rights.”

Meanwhile, Democrats have struggled to withstand the tidal wave of restraint; The Supreme Court is headed by six conservatives, three of whom are appointed by Donald Trumpand their attempt to systematize Roe into federal law failed in the equally divided Senate. Vice president Kamala Harriswho called the Oklahoma law “outrageous,” speak Thursday’s latest assault on reproductive rights made it clear that “it has never been more urgent for us to elect leaders by choice at the local, state and federal levels.” But Democrats are facing a map of challenges midterm this fall that will make it difficult for them to stick with the current slim majority, let alone expand it.

The consequences, both for Oklahoma’s ban and an upcoming Supreme Court decision, will be devastating for reproductive health care. However, as Jean-Pierre noted in his statement, it may not end with abortion: “They are starting with reproductive rights,” said the press secretary, “but the American people need to knows that other fundamental rights, including the right to contraception and equality in marriage, are at risk. That grim truth was underscored by another culture war by Oklahoma Republicans on Thursday, when they sent Stitt an anti-transgender bathroom bill — the latest attack on LGBTQ rights. in the state.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/05/oklahoma-isnt-waiting-for-roe-decision-to-ban-abortion Oklahoma Isn’t Waiting for Roe Decision to Shred Reproductive Rights

Sarah Ridley

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