OK Republican Governor Stitt Signs Into Law The Most Restrictive Women's Reproductive Rights Legislation In The Nation on Tuesday
Last Tuesday April 5th, as members of Edmond Democratic Women were celebrating the Edmond Public School Board Election of Courtney Hobgood and Marcus Jones, the Republicans of the Oklahoma legislature were voting to take away Women’s Constitutional Right to Body Autonomy and Healthcare and Governor Stitt signed it into law on Tuesday, April 12th, to take effect August 26th.
I appreciate Reverend Lori Walke speaking to the Oklahoman “Patriarchal Legislation controlling women’s bodies and misogynistic religious posturing that questions the moral capability of women fall into those categories.(oppressive systems and structure)”.
Or Reverend Dr Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, stated in an op-Ed in the Oklahoman. “ In the coming months, the Supreme Court likely will curtail or overturn Roe V Wade- upending decades of precedent and dramatically limiting women’s right to choose. Conservative lawmakers nationwide already are beginning to pass harsh abortion bans that would be plainly unconstitutional under Roe, but might soon be legal in the post Roe world. The tragic ironies of these anti-choice religious voices: the same voices arguing that a fertilized egg is a life that should be protected at all costs, are actively opposed to providing even minimal protections for actual living, breathing children once they’ve been born- or to giving parents the paid leave, affordable healthcare or other support they need to raise healthy kids.”
Minority Leader Issues Statement on Oklahoma Abortion Law
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
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**OKLAHOMA CITY -- **House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Governor Kevin Stitt signing Senate Bill 612 on Tuesday.
“Today, Governor Stitt, flanked by legislative Republicans, signed what must be close to Oklahoma’s 100th ban on abortion. Like the others, this attempt will be challenged in court at the expense of Oklahoma taxpayers, and like the others, it will be ruled unconstitutional.
“I agree with Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, Governor Stitt’s appointee, who said in his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Roe v. Wade is ‘settled law, super precedent’ and ‘binding decisions of the Supreme Court are to be followed by all lower courts.’ O'Connor even went as far as to say that if confirmed, he would ‘faithfully apply Roe and all other such precedents.’
“Most important, however, is that this law and many others pushed by legislative Republicans are detrimental to the health of Oklahomans. Regardless of what Oklahoma and the US Supreme Court decide to do, abortion will remain legal in other states, and those who can afford to travel to those states to access healthcare will do just that. Reproductive health in Oklahoma will become yet another area where those with means will have access, and those who’ve been left behind by their government will suffer the consequences of these unconstitutional policies.”