The state of Oklahoma only has two abortion providers. But state legislators would like to make that number zero.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed SB 1552 on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Besides making abortion a felony, the bill would also “revoke the license of physicians performing an abortion,” according to a summary of the bill. The bill would also modify “the definition of abortion to include an exception to preserve the life or health of the mother.”
Several pro-choice organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) are up in arms over the bill, threatening to sue on the grounds of it being unconstitutional since the Supreme Court has ruled to make abortion legal.
CRR, an organization committed to bringing about a world where “every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children,” has called for the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, to reject the bill. Despite wording in the bill that modifies the definition of abortion to make exceptions for protecting the health of the mother, the CRR claims in a press release on their website that the bill “contains no exceptions for the woman’s life or health.”
The author of the bill, Senator Nathan Dahm, is a Constitutional Conservative and former missionary to Romania and Dean of Students for a Bible school there.
It is unclear at this moment where Governor Fallin stands with the bill and whether or not she will sign it into law as there has been no press releases from her office addressing it.
SB1552 follows a few other bills being advocated by Oklahoma legislators, one of which being the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2016, which has also been passed by the house and senate of Oklahoma. This bill seeks to protect unborn babies by “prohibiting performance of abortion due to diagnosis of Down syndrome or genetic abnormality of unborn child.”
It is likely Governor Fallin will be making a decision on these bills (either by signing them into law or vetoing them) sometime this week or next.