Governor Kevin Stitt on Monday signed three bills restricting access to abortion.
A law due to go into effect in November 2021 bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat, which doctors say may often be detected six weeks after the onset of pregnancy.
The more restrictive of the new laws revokes a doctor’s license for one year if they perform an abortion, with an exception to prevent the death of a mother.
The third law requires that doctors who perform abortions be certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
“We want to be the most pro-life state in the country and I’m happy to be the most pro-life governor,” Stitt said.
Currently, Oklahoma prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in a medical emergency.
Abortion is a frequent and controversial topic on the State Capitol. This legislative session, with a new, more conservative US Supreme Court, pushing for laws restricting abortion has been a Republican priority.
Legislation banning all or most abortions has been introduced in 20 other states across the country, according to the left-wing Guttmacher Institute. So far, Oklahoma has joined with Arkansas and South Carolina in pushing through the bills.
“This means that people with the means to travel can still have access to abortion care in different places and it means that providers in Oklahoma are working just as hard to ensure that access to care in person is not disturbed, ”said Nicole McAfee of the ACLU of Oklahoma. .
The ACLU and Trust Women, an abortion provider in the state, said they were considering taking legal action against the laws.
“We’ll let the courts decide if any of them get canceled, but I was proud to do so,” Stitt said.