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Oklahoma Bill Criminalizing Abortion Is Most Likely Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma State Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Steve/Flickr)
The Oklahoma State Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Steve/Flickr)

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, unless it is to save the life of the mother. If Governor Mary Fallin signs the bill, Oklahoma would become the first state in the nation to effectively ban abortion. The bill would punish doctors who provide abortions with a year or more in prison and revoke their medical license. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks toJoseph Thai, Presidential Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law, about whether the bill is constitutional.

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  • Joseph Thai, presidential professor of law, University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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