Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

The Associated Press - May 21, 2022 7:56 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is only days away from enacting the toughest U.S. state ban on abortion and providers are preparing to stop terminating pregnancies.

Meanwhile, questions swirled on Friday about how the law’s limited exceptions would be enforced. The law allows abortions to save a pregnant patient’s life “in a medical emergency” and in cases of rape, sexual assault, or incest that have been reported to law enforcement. It doesn’t spell out who decides what a medical emergency is, and the rape and incest exception won’t help victims who don’t report the crimes.

Abortion providers said they are likely to be cautious and they’re planning to refer some patients to states like Colorado or Kansas.

 

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