OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of abortion providers in Oklahoma filed a legal challenge Thursday against a new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state.
The lawsuit filed in the Oklahoma Supreme Court seeks to prevent the new law from taking effect. The court refused to temporarily stop a similar law that prevents abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy and which came into effect earlier this year. But the court has agreed to hear arguments in that case and has scheduled dates for the filing of briefs in June and July.
Oklahoma abortion providers stopped performing abortions this week in anticipation of Gov. Kevin Stitt signing the ban, which he did late Wednesday.
The only exceptions in Oklahoma’s new law are to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.
Oklahoma’s law is modeled after a unique Texas law that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to remain in place that allows private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who helps a woman to have an abortion.