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Pro-abortionists file legal challenges in Oklahoma to two pro-life measures

by | Apr 29, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Predictably, no sooner had Oklahoma passed its second of two pro-life laws and sent it to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his signature than a coalition of abortion providers challenged both in court.

The two laws are SB 1503 and SB 612.

As we reported yesterday, SB 1503 – the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act– uses the Texas model. “It’s identical to the bill that was enacted by the Texas Legislature last year, and that bill has passed muster with the United States Supreme Court,” said Tony Lauinger, Vice President of National Right to Life and State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life. “We are hopeful that this bill will save the lives of more unborn children here in Oklahoma as well.”

SB 1503 has the added bonus of having an “emergency” provision, which means it will take effect “immediately after the governor signs it, and abortion providers say will immediately end most abortions in Oklahoma,” the Associated Press’s Sean Murphy reported.

“The challenge to SB1503 was filed directly in the Oklahoma Supreme Court,” according to News9. “The challenge to SB612 was filed in trial court, adding it to an existing case challenging other abortion restrictions passed last year.”

Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said “The Oklahoma Supreme Court has repeatedly found that the state legislature’s extreme attempts to restrict abortion are unconstitutional, and these bans are some of the most extreme yet.” Northrup added, “We are asking the state courts to uphold the State Constitution and apply Oklahoma precedent to block these insidious abortion bans before they take effect.”

Last month, when SB1503 passed the Senate, Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat told the committee, “This is an opportunity to save more Oklahomans. I hope that we see a good decision out of the U.S. Supreme Court, but we can’t wait around for that,” according to Fox 23 News reports. “We need to save unborn life.”

Categories: State Legislation