Oklahoma state in United States implements the strictest abortion ban at conception

The Oklahoma state becomes the first in the United States to sign into law a bill that bans nearly all abortions after fertilisation, imposing the country’s strictest ban yet.

The legislation allows private parties to sue any such entities that aid in performing an abortion, but it does not per se criminalise abortion.

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The Republican Governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt said in a statement, ​​”I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today.”


 “From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” he added.


The law bans the abortion of “an embryo in any stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” It does not prohibit access to emergency contraceptives.

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The only exceptions from the new law are medical emergencies and rape or incest victims that have been reported to law enforcement.

Abortion rights advocates have pledged to take the case to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reverse the ban, as according to the landmark US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade protecting a woman’s right to abortion still stands.

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According to the World Population Review, an independent data analysis organisation based in the United States, other countries where abortion is completely illegal are Andorra, Aruba (territory), Republic of the Congo, Curaçao (territory), Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Laos, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Palau, Philippines, San Marino, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Tonga, and West Bank & Gaza Strip (Palestinian territories).

 

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