It is not certain that Governor Mary Fallin will sign the bill, and it will certainly be challenged if she does.
The Republican bill, which has been called the first of its kind nationally, will now be sent to the desk of GOP Gov. Mary Fallin. She has five days to sign or veto the bill before it automatically becomes law.
The bill is all but certain to wind up in court if it wins approval from Fallin, who has typically supported anti-abortion-rights measures.
Critics of the bill have long warned the provision is unconstitutional, and have threatened to take legal action if it is enacted.
“This total ban on abortion is a new low. When abortion is illegal, women and their health, futures, and families suffer,” Amanda Allen, a lawyer at the Center for Reproductive Rights, wrote in a statement Thursday.
Under the law, most doctors who perform abortions stand to lose their license. The only exception is for doctors who perform abortions to save a mother’s life; it does not exempt procedures that are performed in cases or rape or incest.
The state Senate approved the latest version of the bill, 33-12, on Thursday. It passed the state House in April.
There are over a million abortions performed each year in the United States, including gruesome and barbaric procedures known as partial birth abortions which essentially pull part of the almost full term baby from the womb and then tear it to pieces with a forceps. The Left has insisted that any limitations on abortion, including performing an abortion after the baby can feel pain after the 22nd week of gestation, and partial birth abortion are unacceptable limitations on women's rights, and they also completely resist efforts to require expectant mothers to have access to radio-photography in order to see the baby in the womb. Such imagery would help expecting mothers to see the baby as more than a lump of tissue, and that would surely cause some to have second thoughts.
President Bill Clinton once said that abortion should be available but rare, but recent surveys have found that abortion is, for the vast majority of women, being used as a form of birth control and to provide the abortion lobby a cash cow business. With the many forms of contraceptives now available, abortion should be limited and unusual. But for the Oklahoma legislature to play the Democrat game of calling the prohibition by a different name, in this case recognizing the right to an abortion but making it illegal for a doctor to perform one, only makes the law makers look ridiculous and sneaky. This end run around Roe v Wade will ultimately be challenged and overturned. The objective may be noble, but the means seems to be inappropriate, at best.