Abortion – The Oklahoma legislatureto the United Stateshas approved Thursday, April 28 one text law prohibiting theabortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while this state in the south of the country had been welcoming thousands of Texan women seeking abortions for several months, after the passage of a text similar in their state.
the text voted by the lower house of the parliament ofOklahoma provides medical exceptions for theaccess to abortion, but not in cases of rape or incest. It must now arrive on the desk of the Republican governor who should sign it and bring it into force.
A few hours after the first vote in the lower house, the Senate ofOklahoma has approved another text prohibiting this time all Abortion (Abortion) regardless of the stage of pregnancy, but with exceptions in the event of medical emergencies, rape, or incest. This text-ci will now make the parliamentary shuttle to Parliament.
Reduced access to abortion throughout the southern United States
“Oklahoma is a critical state for abortion access right now, with many Texan women fleeing to Oklahoma for [obtenir] an abortion”, reacted Nancy Northup, president of the Center for reproductive rights association, which defends the right to abortion.
On September 1, 2021, one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States came into effect in Texas: the ban on all abortions from the moment a fetal heartbeat is perceptible on ultrasound. , about four weeks after fertilization.
Since its implementation, the law has led patients to quickly overwhelmed clinics in other states, including Oklahoma, forcing them for lack of space to inexorably delay their abortion. “These bans would further decimate access to abortion across the South” of the United States, pointed out Nancy Northup. In addition to Texas and Oklahoma, several texts limiting access to abortion have recently been passed in other conservative states such as Florida or Idaho.
Prohibition of the mention “non-binary”
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt hasn’t been content to curtail the rights of women in his state. Since taking office in 2019, he has regularly attacked the rights of gender minorities. On Tuesday, April 26, he signed a law banning the mention “non-binary” on state birth certificates. A mention that the State had nevertheless authorized last year.
Approved by an emergency procedure, the law was effective the same day. According to the American radio NPR, it is the first law of its kind in the United States. While many states only offer “male” or “female” classifications, Oklahoma is the first state to ban “non-binary” designations.
“People are free to believe what they want about their identity, but science has determined that people are biologically male or female at birth,” said Sheila Dills, sponsor of the bill after it passed. A statement that goes against federal legislation. Since April 11, anyone applying for a passport in the United States can indeed check the “X” box “male” or female”.
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