The Oklahoma Senate has just passed a major pro-life bill that has angered the entire Obama administration.
The bill, which has yet to be signed by the state’s Republican governor, would make performing an abortion a felony.
The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion in the state, and if signed by Gov. Mary Fallin (R) would put it at odds with federal law.
Senate Bill 1552, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, passed with a 33-12 vote and no debate. The latest version of the bill cleared the House in late April, and it would automatically become law within five days if Fallin does not sign or does not veto.
No person shall perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman,” the bill’s language reads, striking through the clause “unless that person is a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma. ”
“Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years in the State Penitentiary,” the bill continues.
The bill would also revoke the medical licenses of doctors who perform abortions, except in cases where the mother’s life is endangered. It does not include exceptions for rape or incest.
Separately, Oklahoma’s House passed legislation Thursday that would allow the state’s Department of Health to develop a public information campaign “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.” That bill, passed 69-15, now goes to the Senate.
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