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Oklahoma bill would criminalize abortion

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>> My body my choice.>> The fight over a woman's right to choose ratcheting up after lawmakers in Oklahoma on Thursday passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors in the state to perform abortions. Several abortion rights groups have promised to fight the measure if Republican governor Mary Fallin signs it into law.
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Reuters correspondent Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City.>> Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has not indicated if she will sign the legislation into law. However, in the past she has supported similar bills. Since taking office in 2011, Governor Mary Fallin has signed 18 pieces of legislation that restrict women's access to reproductive health services, including a ban on second trimester abortion and restrictions to medication abortion.
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>> But criminalizing abortion outright might be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is legal. The bill makes the procedure a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and calls on state medical boards to revoke the licenses of doctors performing abortions, but allows an exemption if the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.