In the US, another setback for abortion rights with a very restrictive law in Oklahoma

On Tuesday evening, April 5th, there was almost no debate in the state legislature of Oklahoma, an American state of 4 million people bordering Texas. In a few minutes, bill number 162 went by like a letter in the mail: 70 votes for, 14 against. The text prohibits abortion except in one case: a medical emergency to save the mother’s life. Going even further, any doctor, nurse or health worker who would otherwise perform an abortion faces 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The text has yet to be ratified by the state’s Gov. Kevin Stitt, but there’s no suspense as it’s about a ultraconservative who has pledged to sign all anti-abortion laws into law. This isn’t the first attempt by elected officials in Oklahoma to ban abortion, but the previous texts have been ruled unconstitutional by the courts. On Tuesday, House also passed a resolution calling for flags to be flown at half-mast across the state every January 22, because that is the day the US Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. This is the famous Roe vs. Wade save.

Oklahoma’s decision is the latest in a series of anti-abortion laws in the United States. This is a massive and rapid movement to deconstruct abortion rights. For example, on March 24, upstate Idaho approved civil lawsuits against clinics and doctors that perform abortions. In general, no fewer than 1,840 measures restricting contraception or abortion have been introduced in the United States since the beginning of the year in 46 of the country’s 50 states.

The most important limitation is that of the huge Texas – 30 million population – neighbor of Oklahoma. Since September 1, abortion has been banned as soon as a heartbeat is detected in the embryo. Specifically, this means between the fifth and sixth week of pregnancy, at a time when many women do not even know that they are pregnant. Since the passage of that law, women in Texas seeking abortions had found refuge in Oklahoma, where about half of the abortions performed in the state are now performed. So it will be over soon.

The next goal of anti-abortion advocates is to ban abortion at the national level. But it’s on the way. The matter has been before the US Supreme Court since last December. She has to make her decision in the Dobbs case against Jackson before June. In short, Mississippi, still in the South, is about to vote on another anti-abortion law.

With Donald Trump’s appointment of ultra-conservative judges, the majority within the court has evolved. During the hearings, the majority of judges appeared to be favorable to the Mississippi text. If confirmed, it will mark the end of Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. The United States Supreme Court now appears more conservative than the American people themselves.

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