Gov. Mary Fallin, who ran for office twice on a “pro-life” platform, has vetoed a bill to ban abortion that passed by large margins in the Oklahoma House and Senate.
Fallin’s excuse for the veto was that is was “ambiguous” and could not withstand a “criminal constitutional legal challenge.”
Fallin claims that as governor, she has signed 18 so-called “pro-life” bills yet Oklahoma has not really slowed down the killing of unborn babies in its three abortion clinics.
It was unclear if backers of the bill will try to override Fallin’s pro-abortion veto.
The bill would make it a felony to perform an abortion in Oklahoma and revoke the license of any physician who does so.
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, a strict constitutionalist, said the states – not the federal government or the U.S. Supreme Court – have the right to control medical licensing. He authored Senate Bill 1552, which was passed by the Senate 33-12 last Thursday.
The Tulsa area senators who voted for the bill were Dahm; Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa; Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa; Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner; Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow; Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa; and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa.
Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, voted against the bill.
Dahm said he expected that the bill would be challenged in court but Liberty Counsel in Florida has already agreed to pay for the expenses of fighting to preserve the new law.
The bill was personally endorsed by Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.
“This bill will not affect real doctors or the practice of medicine,” said Pastor Paul Blair of Edmond. “This will only end the practice of abortionists. Every major pro-life organization in our state supports this bill.”
SB1552 passed the Senate by a 40-7 vote last month and passed this month in the House by a 59-9 vote.
“Under the Constitution, the federal government has limited authority given to it by the sovereign states,” said Blair. “The Tenth Amendment says: ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’”
Among those powers reserved to the states are the standards for licensing doctors to practice medicine within each state.
“SB1552 will give Oklahoma the ability to revoke a medical license for doctors who fail to uphold their Hippocratic Oath (do no intentional harm) and willingly, intentionally kill pre-born children simply as a means of birth control,” Blair said.