Oklahoma is poised to ban nearly all abortions, as the state legislature passed two bills Thursday copying Texas’ controversial law against the procedure, which will likely cut off abortion access to both Oklahoma residents and an influx of Texans that have traveled to the state for the procedure.
The Oklahoma Senate passed HB 4327 Thursday in a 35-10 vote, after the state House passed it in March.
The bill will ban all abortions except in the case of medical emergencies or rape, incest or sexual assault, but only if those incidents have been reported to law enforcement.
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 vote came hours after Oklahoma’s SB 1503 passed the state Senate in a 68-12 vote, after previously clearing the House in March.
That bill would ban all abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy except in the case of medical emergencies, with the same lawsuit enforcement mechanism as HB 4327.
The bills 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 they’re signed.