Earlier this week, Oklahoma state lawmakers approved two bills aimed at abortion that gained national headlines.
On April 5, the Oklahoma lawmakers approved Senate Bill 612, a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The bill, authored by State Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Jim Olson, is expected to be signed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The day following, an Oklahoma House of Representatives committee approved a Heartbeat bill, Senate Bill 1503, which mirrors Texas’ Heartbeat act that has thus far withstood judicial challenges. Describing the bill, Rep. Todd Russ said, “1503 prohibits a physician from knowingly performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant woman if the physician detects a fetal heartbeat.”
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