Oklahoma’s Senate acted Thursday to give final legislative approval to legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions.
“Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it’s a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception,” said Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm, who sponsored the proposal in the Oklahoma Senate.
Under the law, which was passed in the Senate on a 33-12 vote, most doctors who perform abortions would lose their license in addition to facing imprisonment. There is an exception for abortions to save a mother’s life.
Gov. Mary Fallin, who has supported pro-life legislation in the past, now has five days to either sign or veto the proposal before it becomes law.