A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma has announced plans to introduce a bill that reflects a law in Texas that has been the country’s biggest brake on abortion for nearly 50 years.
State Rep. Sean Roberts said his bill would allow any person in Oklahoma to sue doctors who perform an abortion that is not to save the mother’s life. Plaintiffs would be able to seek up to $ 10,000 in compensation in civil court against abortion providers or anyone who “helps and promotes” such an abortion.
“When it comes to fighting for the lives of the unborn, we must be willing to do what it takes,” said Roberts, R-Hominy.
Abortion providers in Oklahoma and other surrounding states have said they have seen an influx of women from Texas seeking abortion, some driving hours in the middle of the night and including patients as young as 12 years old.
Oklahoma routinely adopts some of the most stringent anti-abortion measures in the country, and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said he would sign any abortion bill sent to him by the Legislature.