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Oklahoma 's Step Toward Change

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Oklahoma’s Step Towards Change in Abortion Today, teen pregnancy is as high as ever. Shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” are centered on young girls’ journeys as teen moms, in hopes that viewers will become more aware about safe sex preventing teen pregnancy. Reducing teen pregnancy also reduces the rate of abortions. Teenagers are the ones who are most likely to get an abortion, since they are the ones that are the least prepared to be mothers. Regardless of their reasoning, abortion is an option that allows not just teens, but all women who are not ready or do not want a child. However, many are against abortion since they see it as killing a baby or taking away a potential life. According to writer Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com, Oklahoma’s abortion laws are restrictive compared to other states especially with the passage of the Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, or HB 1721, in April 2015, which bans dismemberment abortions that tear babies limb from limb. Any abortion practitioners that breaks this law would face a fine of $10,000 and a few years in prison. This act is a big step towards saving more potential lives, shining light on the abortion process, and is a stepping stone for other states. One of the biggest reasons why many are against abortion is because the idea of taking away the life of a potential baby away is simply immoral. Ertelt states that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said she is
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