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According to “The Washington Post,” Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill that would have made performing an abortion in the state illegal. She refused to sign the anti-abortion bill into law on May 20, 2016.
Fallin, who is a Republican, stated that the language in SB1552 was too vague and ambiguous. She further reminded lawmakers that she had signed previous bills that supported pro-family and pro-life values. Yet, she extended criticism to Oklahoma lawmakers about the bill’s provision that would make performing an abortion a felony.
However, the governor did state that she was in favor of the “re-examination” of Roe v. Wade, which was passed by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in 1973. She was emphatic when she added that SB1552 was not the proper bill to achieve that re-examination. Fallin stated she believed the most direct way for Roe v. Wade to be reviewed is to appoint a conservative justice to SCOTUS, who supports the pro-life agenda.
In order to override the governor’s veto of the anti-abortion bill, two-thirds of the legislative body in each house would be needed.
The announcement that the bill was passed by the legislature came on May 1. Before the anti-abortion bill was announced, Nathan Dahm, an Oklahoma Senator for Tulsa County explained he hoped that SB1552 would be a stepping stone to the successful overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Written by Cathy Milne
The Washington Post: Oklahoma governor vetoes bill that would make it a felony to perform abortions
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