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Oklahoma Legislature Passes Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Ban

by Zachary Stieber

Oklahoma lawmakers on May 19 approved what would be the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion if Gov. Kevin Stitt signs the measure into law.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Bill 4327 in a 73–16 vote; the state Senate approved the measure in April by a margin of 35–10.

The bill bans abortion at fertilization, defining the moment as “the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum.” It says that a person shall not perform or attempt to perform an abortion unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman or the pregnancy is a result of rape, sexual assault, or incest…

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