Oklahoma Bill Banning the Performance of Abortion (SB 1552)
This law was last updated on Jan 2, 2019
SB 1552 would prohibit the performance of an abortion with extremely limited exceptions. The bill requires the state to revoke or suspend, the medical licenses of any physician who provides (or has provided) abortion procedures to their patients, unless it is to save the life of the pregnant patient.
The bill also amends § 63-1-731, the Oklahoma statute regarding who may perform abortions. Current law requires a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma to be the only person able to perform abortions. SB 1552 removes the text requiring a licensed physician to perform abortions. This change would make it state law that “no person shall perform or induce an abortion upon a pregnant woman.”‘
A violation of this law is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, but no less than one year in prison.
The bill would effectively bans abortion in the state of Oklahoma beginning on November 1, 2016.
Similar to SB 1483.
SB 1552 passed the Senate on March 8, 2016, the House on April 22, 2016. Gov. Fallin vetoed the bill on May 20, 2016.