New Oklahoma laws: Stricter anti-abortion rules, marijuana business moratorium take effect

Although Oklahoma has already banned nearly all abortions, stiffer penalties for medical providers that perform the procedure take effect Friday.

A new law Gov. Kevin Stitt signed in April will punish abortion providers with up to 10 years in prison or fines of up to $100,000.

The anti-abortion law is one of nearly four dozen new laws approved by the Oklahoma Legislature this year that take effect Friday.

Shortly after being signed by Stitt, abortion providers and reproductive rights groups challenged Senate Bill 612 in court, but the lawsuit doesn’t stop the new law from taking effect.

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, the author of SB 612, previously called the law a victory for the anti-abortion movement. But the measure drew condemnation from the White House, and critics have said it implements “draconian penalties” on providers.

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