TULSA, Okla. — Currently, Oklahoma is one of 13 states in the U.S. prepared to immediately ban abortion should Roe v. Wade get overturned.
Monday’s leak of the right-leaning Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS)’s majority opinion suggests the court is aiming to overturn landmark abortion cases like 1973′s Roe v. Wade and 1992′s Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled state government led by conservative Gov. Kevin Stitt has approved several abortion restrictions laws within the last year. Among the list is a “trigger law” — Senate Bill 1555 — which was signed by Gov. Stitt April 29, 2022. This law would automatically go into effect if Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were partially or fully overturned.
While the Oklahoma Supreme Court has previously blocked bills that would have banned abortions in Green Country from going into law, the state’s “trigger law” would completely outlaw abortion if SCOTUS does overturn Roe v. Wade.
Gov. Stitt made a promise to sign every piece of anti-abortion legislation that comes across his desk since he took office.
“As Governor, I represent all four million Oklahomans and they overwhelming support protecting life in Oklahoma,” Gov. Stitt said as he signed Senate Bill 612 — which would make abortions a felony in Green Country — on April 11, 2022.
Laws like Senate Bill 612 would normally be challenged and blocked in the courts, but a change to Roe v. Wade could lead to the law being upheld.
Oklahoma has two other anti-abortion bills resembling Texas’ abortions bans currently in place. Senate Bill 1503, the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Stitt signed this bill Tuesday afternoon.
The second Texas-like abortion legislation — House Bill 4327 — bans abortions in Oklahoma at all stages of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape and incest as well as medical emergencies. This bill is still in the Oklahoma state legislature.
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday his plans to protect abortion access for Americans at the federal level.
“We will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” President Biden said in a tweet.
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