June 2, 2022

Planned Parenthood Sues to Block Oklahoma Abortion Law

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Shortly after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a new law banning most abortions, pro-abortion organizations announced that they are filing a lawsuit to block the law from going into effect.

Oklahoma HB 4327 prohibits most abortions from the moment of fertilization. Barring exceptions for rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger, abortion would be illegal in the state of Oklahoma. Much Texas's Heartbeat Act, the law empowers private citizens to sue abortionists who kill protected children.

“For anyone seeking abortion in Oklahoma and beyond: Planned Parenthood and our partners are fighting for you,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement when the bill was signed. “We will bring everything we have to make sure you can get the care you need, and challenge every ban enacted in Oklahoma.”

The challenge to Oklahoma HB 4327 will be added to the ongoing case against Oklahoma's "heartbeat act." That case is pending before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.