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Media reports claim Oklahoma abortion businesses are nearly deserted

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In May 2022, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a law protecting preborn children from the moment of fertilization. This law is currently the most protective abortion measure in the country and prohibits almost all abortions state-wide. Oklahoma is the potentially the first of many states to put in place sweeping protections for preborn children, assuming the recent draft opinion leak was correct and the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

In a recent statement, Stitt said, “I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk, and I am proud to keep that promise today.” 

Earlier this year, Oklahoma’s four abortion facilities claimed to have been busier than ever, positioned as the nearest abortion centers for women traveling from Texas (due to that state’s protection for preborn children upon detectable heartbeat). Now, those same abortion facilities are reportedly deserted. 

Prior to the most recent human life protections, a six-week protection was passed in April, prompting some of Oklahoma’s abortion facilities to begin sending their patients to abortion centers in Kansas. According to media reports, women from Texas traveling to New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas, are likely to be joined by more women from Oklahoma. Abortion facilities in those states claim to be scheduling appointments weeks out due to a large influx of patients. 

READ: Kansas has become an abortion destination, but citizens have the chance to change it

Trust Women, an abortion business in Oklahoma City, told The Washington Post it was used to receiving 500 calls every day prior to the new legislation but now, the phone rarely rings. The facility claims to have committed almost 5,000 abortions in 2021. The group’s communications director, Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, told the Post they are determined to remain open even without the ability to commit abortions because they do not want a pregnancy resource center to move into their location. “Sticking around is an act of defiance,” he said.

Andrea Gallegos, Executive Director at Tulsa Women’s Clinic, claimed her facility stopped providing abortions just five days after the state’s heartbeat law went into effect, canceling 60 abortion appointments.

Oklahoma’s law includes exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, as well as for medical emergencies (though it is never medically necessary to intentionally kill a preborn child). It was instituted through a legal procedure that allows private citizens to sidestep the court system and enforce the ban through civil litigation. 

The law has been challenged but pro-abortionists realize that even if it is overturned, the leaked Supreme Court opinion suggests that the end of Roe v. Wade is near, which will cause a “trigger” law to be enacted, leading to the same outcome.

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