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Oklahoma governor to sign bill making abortion an felony

By Grayson Quay The Week

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) plans to sign into law a bill criminalizing abortion at a signing ceremony Tuesday, The Washington Post reports.

The bill, which passed the Oklahoma Senate last year and the House earlier this month, bans abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Anyone who performs an abortion could face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $100,000.

The legislation does not make exceptions for rape or incest but does allow abortion “to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.” It also explicitly does not “authorize the charging or conviction of a woman with any criminal offense in the death of her own unborn child.”

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