A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma has announced plans to introduce a bill mirroring a Texas law that has become the nation’s biggest abortion curb for nearly 50 years.
State Representative Sean Roberts said his bill would allow anyone in Oklahoma to sue doctors who perform an abortion that should not save the mother’s life. Plaintiffs could seek up to $ 10,000 in damages in civil court against abortion providers or anyone who “aids 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, R-Hominy.
Abortion providers in Oklahoma and other surrounding states have said they have seen an influx of women from Texas requesting abortions, some hours of driving in the middle of the night, and patients as young as 12 years old.
Oklahoma routinely passes some of the toughest anti-abortion measures in the country, and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said he will sign any anti-abortion bills the legislature sends him.