The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Oklahoma lawmaker plans to introduce Texas-style abortion bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (NewsNation Now) – An Oklahoma official is considering introducing a bill that would allow anyone in the state to sue doctors who perform an abortion that is not meant to save the mother’s life.
State Representative Sean Roberts R-Hominy said under his bill plaintiffs could seek up to $ 10,000 in damages in civil court against abortion providers or anyone who “helps and encourages” such an abortion.
“When it comes to fighting for the lives of unborn children, we have to be prepared to do whatever it takes,” said Roberts.
Oklahoma routinely adopts some of the country’s toughest anti-abortion measures. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said he will sign any anti-abortion bill the Legislature sends him.
The legislation Roberts plans to introduce reflects part of a Texas law that has become the nation’s biggest abortion curb in nearly half a century. Republican lawmakers in other states, such as Florida and Ohio, have since tabled similar bills modeled on Texas law.
Texas law, which was authorized to come into force on September 1 by the United States Supreme Court, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity in an embryo, which is typically about six weeks pregnant. Abortion rights activists argue that this is before many women even realize they are waiting.
Abortion providers in Oklahoma and other surrounding states have said they have seen an influx of women from Texas requesting abortions, a few hours of driving in the middle of the night and patients as young as 12 years old, since the restrictions on abortion were adopted.