A day after Kansas became the first state to ban the practice called “dismemberment abortions,” Oklahoma senators on Wednesday passed a similar measure to block the procedure for second trimester abortions, reports Reuters.
The procedure is poised to become the latest political hot button issue in the U.S. debate over reproductive rights, writes the news outlet, as other conservative anti-abortion groups seek to extend the ban to other states.
“This law has the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, a prominent group opposed to abortions, said in a statement on Tuesday in regard to the Kansas ban.
The process often referred to as dilation and evacuation is regarded by healthcare experts as the safest way to conduct a second trimester abortion. The fetus is typically removed with forceps, sometimes in pieces.
Advocates say some women seeking abortions reach the second trimester while raising money to pay for the procedure or to arrange a trip to a facility that provides abortions, “which have become fewer in states where Republican-controlled governments have imposed restrictions that women’s rights groups said are aimed at eliminating clinics,” Reuters writes.