The Oklahoma legislature on Thursday passed a bill expected to become law that restricts most abortions and copies provisions of Texas’ controversial near-total ban on the procedure, marking the second major abortion ban the state has passed this month and cutting off abortion access to both Oklahomans and Texas residents who have traveled to the state for the procedure.
Oklahoma’s SB 1503 passed the state Senate in a 68-12 vote, after previously clearing the House in March.
The bill would ban all abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy except in the case of medical emergencies.
Like Texas’ controversial SB 8 law, the abortion ban can only be enforced through civil lawsuits brought against anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion in the state, rather than state officials, and plaintiffs can sue for at least $10,000 in damages.
The bill will now go to Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), who has previously said he will sign any new abortion restrictions into law, and will take effect immediately once it’s signed.