In 2015, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill extending the state’s already burdensome and medically unnecessary waiting period for obtaining an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Fallin claimed the bill would “help women get the information they need.” But as Jezebel wrote at the time:
Waiting periods don’t actually do that, of course, and the real intent seems to just be to create another hurdle. They do that quite well: a 2009 study by the Guttmacher Institute found that the main impact of waiting periods was to increase the number of women going out of state for abortions and the number of women seeking second trimester abortions. Last month, Oklahoma also banned a common second trimester abortion procedure. The two laws together create a really impressive no-win situation that, like most abortion restrictions, will largely impact poor women.
Read the full article here: http://jezebel.com/oklahoma-just-tripled-the-waiting-period-for-abortions-1702800288