For Immediate Release
April 12, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Oklahoma Implementing the Most Restrictive Abortion Ban in the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law a near-total abortion ban in Oklahoma (S.B. 612) that is set to take effect in August. Gov. Stitt has signaled his willingness to sign other anti-abortion bills headed to his desk, which will have a more immediate effect. S.B. 612 is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country because it makes performing an abortion a felony. The bill was passed by the state Senate last year, and was passed by the state House last week. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List strongly condemns Gov. Kevin Stitt for signing into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. Time and time again, Republicans have demonstrated that they do not believe we should have the right to make decisions about our bodies and our futures. Actions like these prove that anti-abortion legislators are just playing political games without regard for the egregious impacts on millions of people across the nation.
“Oklahoma is not an outlier. In advance of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could overturn the precedent in Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers are scrambling to chip away at our abortion access with the goal of banning abortion outright. Today, Oklahoma’s implementation of the most restrictive abortion ban in the country is a grave reminder of how crucial a pro-choice majority is at all levels of government. As we brace for more unconstitutional bans in state legislatures, EMILYs List will continue to lead the fight to elect Democratic pro-choice women who will defend our rights and ensure equal access to abortion care across the country.”
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