The liberal Oklahoma Supreme Court has once again denied the people of the state from expressing support to end legalized abortion.
Last week, the court unanimously voted to not even allow backers of proposed State Question 782 to even circulate petitions to get the proposal on the November ballot. It would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution to make anyone who committed an abortion guilty of murder.
The court previously killed a petition drive that would have given unborn children personhood status. That drive was squashed by the court while in the middle of the 60-day allotted period to collect signatures. That is believed to be only the second time in state history that the Supreme Court ordered a halt to an ongoing initiative petition signature drive.
The liberal justices said State Question 782 was “unconstitutional” based on efforts by the U.S. Supreme Court to force states to legalize abortion under Roe v. Wade.
The issue was spearheaded by a Christian group in Norman, Abolish Human Abortion, that seeks to end child sacrifice in Oklahoma.
“We totally expected that,” said T. Russell Hunter of AHA. “It is in no way surprising.”
Hunter said the next step is to encourage legislators to put the measure on the ballot.
Hunter said the U.S. Supreme Court has no constitutional power to force states to legalize abortion.
“I am an American citizen,” Hunter said. “I am a Christian, so I should love my neighbors as I love myself. That would be all my neighbors, even my unborn neighbors and should uphold the Constitution, and the Constitution says no person shall be deprived of the right to life.”
Meanwhile, State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has authored Senate Bill 1552, which would strip away the medical license of any doctor who performs an abortion (with the exception to save the life of the mother).
Dahm said licensure is the role of states, not the federal government and that has been affirmed many times in many court cases.
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, is chairman of the House Public Health Committee and has agreed to hear Dahm’s bill. Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, is the House author.
In November, three of the justices of the liberal Oklahoma Supreme Court will be up for retention on the statewide ballot. Those justices, who voted in favor of legalized abortion, are Justice Steven W. Taylor (District 2), Justice James R. Winchester (District 5) and Justice Douglas W. Combs (District 8).
Both Taylor and Combs were appointed to the court by former Gov. Brad Henry, a liberal Democrat. Winchester was appointed by former Gov. Frank Keating, a conservative Republican.