OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee
approved with an 11-4 vote a bill from President Pro Tempore Greg Treat that
would prohibit abortion in Oklahoma when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade or if the
U.S. Constitution is amended.
“Oklahoma is a pro-life state and Oklahomans have repeatedly
made it clear they want their elected officials to protect the life of the
unborn. Senate Bill 195 would
prohibit abortion in Oklahoma, with the exception for the life of the mother,
when Roe v. Wade is
overturned or when the U.S. Constitution is amended. I appreciate the members
of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for advancing this important
piece of legislation,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Treat said there are several lawsuits challenging Roe and other federal
cases legalizing abortion currently in the federal court system.
“The U.S. Supreme Court at any time could choose to revisit any
one of the current lawsuits challenging Roe
v. Wade. Senate Bill 195 is an important step Oklahoma should take
immediately to protect the lives of the unborn when that terrible decision of
the U.S. Supreme Court is overturned,” Treat said.
Abortion has been a felony in Oklahoma since 1910 but that
statute has been unenforceable since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized
abortion. Since then, Oklahoma has enacted pro-life policies that have
successfully saved lives and reduced abortions performed in the state.
Those regulations would be rendered unnecessary when Roe is overturned
because the 1910 law then would be enforceable. By removing abortion
regulations from Oklahoma statutes, Senate Bill 195 would eliminate any
statutory conflicts between.
Five other states have adopted laws similar to Senate Bill 195,
and other states are considering similar measures.