The Oklahoma legislature has approved a bill that would criminalize performing abortions in the state. It has been sent to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin. She will have five days to decide if she will sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature.
The bill will automatically become law after five days if the governor does not come to a decision. Should it become law, doctors who perform abortions in the state will be subject to felony charges in addition to the loss of their medical license.
“The governor will withhold comment on that bill, as she does on most bills, until she and her staff have had a chance to review it,” Michael McNutt, a spokesman for Fallin, said in an email.
The law is unprecedented in the USA in terms of placing restrictions on abortions. The Center of Reproductive Rights says the bill is in “contravention of long standing federal and state constitutional principles as well as basic human rights.”