There was almost no debate on Tuesday evening, April 5, before the parliament of Oklahoma, the US state of 4 million, located next to Texas. In a matter of minutes, Bill No. 162 passed like a letter in an email: 70 votes in favor, 14 votes against. Text prohibits abortion except in one case: medical urgency to save the mother’s life. This goes further because any doctor, nurse or health worker who performs an abortion under other circumstances could face up to ten years in prison and a $ 100,000 fine.
The text is yet to be approved by state Governor Kevin Stitt, but there is no suspense as it is a serious Conservative, promising he will sign all anti-abortion legislation. This was not the first attempt by elected officials in Oklahoma to ban abortion, but previous texts were considered unconstitutional by the courts. On Tuesday, Congress passed a resolution urging that flags be flown at half-mast across the state every January 22nd, in 1973, the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. This is the famous Row versus Wade Save.
This Oklahoma decision is the latest in a series of anti-abortion laws across the United States. It is a massive and rapid movement to restructure the right to abortion. For example, on March 24, Idaho, in the north of the country, approved civil lawsuits against abortion clinics and doctors. In general, in 46 of the 50 states in the United States, less than 1,840 contraceptive or abortion control measures have been introduced since the beginning of this year.
The most important restriction is the vast Texas – 30 million people – neighboring Oklahoma. From September 1, abortion is prohibited once the fetal heartbeat is detected. Sure, it’s between the fifth and sixth week of pregnancy, when many women do not even know they are pregnant. Since the adoption of this law, women in Texas who want to have an abortion have taken refuge in Oklahoma, which now represents half of all abortions performed in the state. So it will end soon.
The next goal of anti-abortion activists is to ban abortion nationwide. But it is on its way. The matter came up for hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court last December. She is due to make her decision before June on the Tops case against Jackson. In short, in Mississippi, another law against abortion still needs to be decided in the south.
With the appointment of Donald Trump’s radically conservative judges, a majority has developed within the court. During the trial, the judges, for the most part, appeared in favor of Mississippi’s text. If verified, it would be the result of the 1973 Rowe Wade ruling. The Supreme Court of the United States now appears to be more conservative than the American people.
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