Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-did you really need to ask?) signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making Oklahoma the first state to effectively end all abortion access, in anticipation of Patron Saint of Blastocysts Sammy Alito’s ruling overturning women’s rights.
The law takes effect immediately, and prohibits nearly all abortions from the point of fertilization. You are flowers, ladies, at least in Oklahoma. Fertility Clinics are gonna be in a heap of trouble. And if they implant a dozen embryos, there better be a dozen babies or it is mass murder, amirite?
Similar to the Abortion Ban from Texas —America’s Lab for Bad Policy— the Oklahoma law will be enforced by
bounty hunters, er, private citizens, who can sue abortion clinics or anyone else who helps women to get an abortion.
After Texas enacted its six-week ban, many women traveled to Oklahoma for care, and so now pretty much every woman seeking medical care is going to be under suspicion and will have to travel many more miles, possibly thousands. This will impact poor women and women of color the most, so you know, working as designed.