The Oklahoma Senate has passed Senate Bill 1552 which would revoke the medical license of any doctor who commits an abortion.
The bill, by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, makes one exception for an abortion to save the life of the mother.
It passed 40-7 and now heads to the House.
Senate Minority Leader John Sparks, D-Norman, managed to attach one amendment that would estimate legal costs should the bill face a court challenge.
Sparks said even though the Legislature has passed many bills to restrict abortion in the past 10 years, the number of abortions in Oklahoma remains constant.
Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, voted against the bill because he said he didn’t have sufficient time to evaluate it.
The bill is opposed by the Oklahoma State Medical Association and other pro-abortion groups.
“The U.S. Supreme Court had no authority to order states to redefine marriage in 2015 and they had no authority in 1973 to order states to legalize the killing of pre-born human beings,” said Pastor Paul Blair of Reclaiming America for Christ, a Christian group that advocates the end of legalized abortion. “They had no jurisdiction in these areas and they do not have the authority to make law – they offer opinions.
After the typical ‘we can’t because we’re ruled by the courts’ arguments offered by opponents of SB1552, Senator Dahm eloquently closed by quoting Article 2, Section 2 of the Oklahoma State Constitution which states, ‘All persons have the inherent right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.’”