The Lower House of the state of Oklahoma approved a law that prohibits abortion from the moment of fertilization. The measure will go into effect as soon as the governor, Republican Kevin Stitt, signs it.
Abortion will still be permitted in cases of medical emergency, rape, or incest.
The Republican state senator, Julie Daniels, said in a statement that this is a law intended to protect the unborn. “Abortion is now prohibited except in limited circumstances,” Daniels said.
The Oklahoma House decision
The decision was criticized by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who called it an “attack on women.” “It has never been more urgent that we elect pro-choice leaders at the local, state, and federal level,” Harris said in a message posted on Twitter.
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The law comes at a time when the debate on abortion is raging in American society after the leaking of a draft Supreme Court ruling that would reverse Roe v Wade, which would leave it up to each state to make a decision on the issue.