Oklahoma ‘Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act’ (SB 13)
This law was last updated on Aug 22, 2019
SB 13 would ban legal abortion in Oklahoma by making it a felony crime punishable by life in prison—with no exceptions for victims of rape, incest, or to save a pregnant person’s life.
The bill would repeal any statute that regulates abortion.
The bill would amend state law regarding public health and safety to eliminate any reference to abortion when defining “health services.”
The bill would remove the exception for abortion from the definition of homicide in the state’s penal code. The bill would redefine homicide to include “acts which cause the death of an unborn child committed during an abortion.” If passed, all parties involved in an abortion (physicians, nurses, the pregnant person, etc.) could face murder charges.
The bill defines “unborn child” to mean the “unborn offspring of human beings from the moment of fertilization, through pregnancy, and until live birth, including the developmental stages of human conceptus, zygote, morula, blastocyst, embryo and fetus.”
Abortion Prohibition Enforcement
The bill would direct the attorney general to direct state agencies to enforce the law regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions.
Similar to the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act, which failed to pass during the 2017 legislative session.
Similar to the Abolition of Abortion in Ohio Act, which was introduced during the 2018 legislative session.
Similar to the Abolition of Abortion in Kentucky Act, which was introduced and quickly withdrawn during the 2018 legislative session.
11/29/18 – Prefiled.
2/4/19 – Introduced; referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee.