Oklahoma Abortion Laws
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Abortion is illegal in Oklahoma unless necessary, as determined by a physician to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, to save the life of the pregnant woman.
In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which returned to the states the power to regulate, even prohibit, abortion. Effective August 25, 2022, Oklahoma banned all abortions except those necessary to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency. On March 21, 2023, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared that a pregnant woman has the right to an abortion if necessary, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, to save her life.
The following chart contains details of abortion laws in Oklahoma, with links to related sources. See FindLaw's Abortion section for additional articles.
|Code Section||Tit. 63§§1-730, 21§§713 to 714; 21§861; 21§684|
|Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion||Any abortion unless necessary to save the life of the mother, defined as a condition which cannot be remedied by delivery of the child in which an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.|
|Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion||Any abortion necessary to save the life of the mother (as defined above)|
|Penalty for Unlawful Abortion||A person convicted of performing or attempting to perform an abortion shall be guilty of a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $100,000, or by confinement in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed 10 years, or by such fine and imprisonment|
Note: State laws are always subject to change at any time, usually through legislation or case law. You may want to contact an Oklahoma health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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