With Supreme Court considering Roe v. Wade, Oklahoma governor signs abortion ban into law

Following news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn longstanding abortion protections, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation that immediately implemented a Texas-style abortion ban.

Stitt on Tuesday signed legislation that will allow private citizens to sue anyone who “aids or abets” a woman seeking an abortion after a “fetal heartbeat” is detected or about six weeks into pregnancy — often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

The bill took effect upon Stitt’s signature. The new law essentially will halt most abortions in Oklahoma.

Abortion providers asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block the law from taking effect, but the court in a 6-3 decision rejected their request for a temporary injunction.

Stitt, who has vowed to sign all anti-abortion laws that advance to his desk, said he supported the “Oklahoma Heartbeat Act” because he wants Oklahoma to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation.

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