Friday, May 20, 2016
Oklahoma Finally Finds an Abortion Bill That It Doesn't Like
Oklahoma has been notorious for passing anti-choice legislation, but the legislature finally passed a bill that even anti-choice governor Mary Fallin found went too far. On Friday afternoon she vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony to perform an abortion unless the abortion was necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman. The bill also would have revoked medical licenses of physicians that assisted in the such procedures. The bill's sponsor admitted that the bill was passed to tee up a direct challenge to the right to abortion recognized in Roe v. Wade.
Fallin stated her veto was based on the law's ambiguity, citing the difficulty in determining when an abortion is necessary to save a pregnant woman's life, and the heavy litigation costs of the inevitable legal challenges to the bill.