The new bill applies at the beginning of pregnancy, not just once a heartbeat is detectable.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed legislation that would ban nearly all abortions via an enforcement mechanism similar to that of the influential Texas Heartbeat Act. “A physician may not knowingly perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman, unless such abortion is performed to save the life of the mother” or if a pregnancy “is the result of rape, sexual assault, or incest that has been reported to law enforcement,” House Bill 4327 states. The bill “shall be enforced exclusively through private civil actions,” against anyone that “aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion, including paying for or reimbursing the costs of an abortion through insurance or otherwise.”
It sets a minimum amount of damages at $10,000, and lawsuits can be brought for up to four years after the abortion, against anyone who “aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion” or “intends to engage in the conduct described by this act.” Rapists who impregnate a woman seeking abortion cannot bring suits, and the mother of the baby who aborts cannot be sued.
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