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Oklahoma lawmakers pass legislation to outlaw nearly all abortions

(Corrects paragraph 14 to say abortion is legal up to 22 weeks in Kansas)

By Gabriella Borter

(Reuters) -The Oklahoma legislature on Thursday approved two bills that would ban virtually all abortions, and both Republican-composed laws would take effect immediately if the governor signs them as he has promised.

Oklahoma would become the most restrictive U.S. state for abortions under the bill passed by the state Senate to ban them except in cases of medical emergency, rape or incest. Earlier, the state’s House of Representatives approved a separate piece of legislation to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The Senate also had previously approved that measure.

“The goal of this bill is to protect unborn children, and therefore we are telling everyone that abortion is prohibited except in limited circumstances,” Senator Julie Daniels, a Republican, said of the near-total ban.

Governor Kevin Stitt, also a Republican, has said he will sign any pro-life legislation that reaches his desk.

Should the near-total ban be enacted, it would be the only one of its kind to go into effect in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court established abortion rights nationwide, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights advocacy research group.

Republican-led states have been passing ever-stricter abortion bans, expecting a forthcoming Supreme Court decision will alter or reverse Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on a case involving a Republican-backed Mississippi abortion law. During oral arguments, conservative justices signaled a willingness to dramatically curtail abortion rights.

Oklahoma’s four abortion clinics had been bracing for Thursday’s legislative action, which could mean they must soon cease abortion services entirely.

 

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