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Oklahoma votes for total abortion ban and penalties for doctors

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 08 April 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o939
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The Oklahoma state legislature has passed a bill banning abortion “except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency” and penalising healthcare personnel who perform or attempt to perform an abortion with fines and jail time.1

Republican state governor Kevin Stitt has promised to sign every bill limiting abortion.2 The bill will go into effect this summer, 90 days after the end of the current legislative session.

The Oklahoma bill is part of a movement by many Republican state legislatures to limit or eliminate abortion.

The BMJ asked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) if it would sue to stop the Oklahoma ban, as it has done in other cases. A spokesperson could not comment …

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