For Immediate Release
May 26, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Oklahoma Governor Signing the Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law the strictest abortion ban in the U.S. This law, already in effect today, bans abortion from the stage of “fertilization” with few exceptions and encourages enforcement from private citizens to sue health care professionals, similar to Texas S.B. 8. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Yet again, Republicans have gone too far. At a moment when Americans are reeling from the horrific Texas school shooting which left families without their children, Gov. Kevin Stitt made the egregious decision to sign the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law in the state of Oklahoma. Republicans continue to show their true priorities. These bans are about nothing more than controlling our bodies and our futures, and they must be stopped.
“The impact of this ban will be disastrous for Oklahomans, pushing essential health care out of reach for more than 900,000 people of reproductive age in the state, in addition to people in neighboring states, like Texas, who are currently forced to travel to Oklahoma for care. As we await a decision from the Supreme Court that could completely overturn the abortion protections in Roe v. Wade, it’s more essential than ever to elect a real pro-choice majority that will fiercely defend our reproductive rights and ensure everyone can get the health care they need, no matter where they live.”
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