Pro-life supporters were thrilled when the Oklahoma state legislature passed a bill that would impose felony charges on doctors who perform abortions.
The bill said doctors who performed abortions could be criminally charged and face prison terms of one to three years. It also said the state would revoke the medical license of any doctors who performed an abortion unless it was necessary to protect the life of the mother, according to the New York Times.
Mainstream medical groups in Oklahoma and nationally had condemned the bill and called on Governor Mary Fallin to veto it.
Well, a day after the bill was passed, the Republican governor did exactly that, calling the measure vague and unconstitutional.
Ms. Fallin is a conservative Republican with a strong record of supporting restrictions on abortion, which she emphasized in a statement announcing her decision a day after the Legislature had passed the bill.
But she acknowledged the virtual certainty that the bill would be struck down by the courts and said that the way to overturn Roe v. Wade was “the appointment of a conservative, pro-life justice to the United States Supreme Court.”
Clearly this issue is not going away. I (Michele Hickford) personally believe it should be up to the states to decide their own abortion laws. And I strongly believe the federal government (or any government for that matter) should not be in the business of funding it.
But she acknowledged the virtual certainty that the bill would be struck down by the courts and said that the way to overturn Roe v. Wade was “the appointment of a conservative, pro-life justice to the United States Supreme Court.”“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’ ” Ms. Fallin said, adding that the bill could not survive a constitutional challenge.