Oklahoma Legislators have passed a law banning abortion after conception, which critics say is the most restrictive measure in the US.
The Republican-led Bill will prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. It comes after a leak suggested the US Supreme Court may quash a 1973 ruling that legalised abortion nationwide. Republican-led US states are ramping up Bills to limit abortion access.
On the other side, US Senate Democrats last week tried to pass a Bill that critics said would allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. It was stopped by Republicans. Opinion polls find most Americans are in favour of abortion access, though surveys also show public support for allowing the procedure drops sharply after the first trimester of pregnancy.
BBC reports that Oklahoma has recently passed several laws aimed at setting it apart as the most “pro-life” State in the US.