- Jun 4, 2015
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- Political Leaning
Lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill Thursday that would make performing abortions a felony and revoke the medical licenses of any physician who assists in such a procedure.
This sweeping measure, which opponents described as unconstitutional and unprecedented, now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin (R). She will have five days to decide whether to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature, and her office did not immediately respond to a request Thursday about her plans.
As an initial note, I have to imagine that this law was passed specifically to be challenged and eventually brought to the Supreme Court in order to further re-visit and (in the eyes of those who passed this law) to further erode abortion rights. Hopefully the Governor vetoes the legislation and women never have to risk that threat.
As a side note, I have to wonder what Kentucy Daisy, one of the pioneers of women's rights and someone who became famous for her role in first settling, and then helping other women to settle, large tracts of territory in Oklahoma would have thought of her state if she were around today.
A sad day for Oklahoma.