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Cleveland, Ohio — This week, the Republican National Convention has featured some of the most extreme anti-abortion lawmakers and governors in America, and tonight is no exception. In fact, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has boasted about being the most anti-abortion governor in America. Fallin has signed 18 bills to limit or ban access to safe, legal abortion. And she’s very proud that in 2016, the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life named Oklahoma the most anti-abortion state in the nation.

 

Here are some of the restrictions in Oklahoma that Fallin is so proud of:

 

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided.

  • Abortion is covered in private insurance policies only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.

  • Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion in cases when the woman's life is endangered, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.

  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.

  • The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.

  • The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.

  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.

  • An abortion may be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered or if her physical health is severely compromised, based on the spurious assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point.