On May 23, the morning “PC” radio show announced that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, an Edmond Republican, had, after stalling the previous week, issued a veto on Senate Bill 1552. This bill, by my own State Senator, Nathan Dahm, would have made it a felony for any doctor to perform an abortion, except to save the life of the mother, and it would remove his medical certification in the state. The effect would have been to end the practice of abortion on demand in Oklahoma. It was stated that there are now only two abortion clinics in the state, one in Norman and the other in Tulsa. There was much discussion that an operator of a clinic in Wichita was wishing to open one in Oklahoma City, but waiting on the outcome of this bill.
The show hosts, Pat Campbell and Eddie Huff, entered into a discussion of what Fallin’s reasons or motivation might be. The main thought seemed to be pressure from lobbyists (and possibly campaign supporters) should she be chosen by ‘The Donald” to be the vice presidential nominee, which they deemed not likely. Then they had Senator Dahm on for a full segment for an explanation of the bill and his thoughts of her reasoning. It was pointed out that her options under the State Constitution are to sign it, veto it, or do nothing. If no action is taken within five days of landing on the governor’s desk, a bill will automatically become law!!
It seemed that her stated reason was that “it is un-constitutional.” That should be determined by the Oklahoma Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court (if it was thought to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution). My thought was the question of why President George W. Bush, 43, a Texas Republican, did not choose to veto the bill I refer to as “Pelosi Care” since it came to his desk in 2006, (PRESBO did not take office until January, 2009), without a single Republican vote in either house. He was reported to have stated that it was unconstitutional but let the U.S. Court make that decision. We all know how that turned out, to the detriment of all of us, except of course all federal employees and officeholders, who were exempted.
It is my position to be unalterably opposed to the present open abortion policies as being nothing other than the murder of innocent babies. This position comes quite naturally to me as one who was adopted, at age three months, after being born in a hospital in Kansas City (the only practice of which was births of babies to be adopted). Accosted once by a woman at a Republican Women’s Club meeting while I was a candidate for State House, I was told to change my position if I ever wanted to get anywhere in the political world.
My reply to her was that if the present policies had been in place in 1926 I wouldn’t be there to speak to her.
Senator Dahm stated that he and his House co-sponsor, Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, intended to move for a vote to override the veto. This takes a two-thirds majority of both houses. The original vote did not have that many yes votes, but he pointed out that there were a large number of absentees. He stated he believes that most of those will be favorable, but we should all contact them to encourage their support. My senator and representative are already on board, thankfully.
It seems that Governor Fallin has substantially changed her outlook on proposed legislation, principally since spending time in the Congressional House.
Such changes have long been referred to as “succumbing to Potomac fever” during the time spent in “foggy bottom.” One sometimes wonders if we don’t have a similar problem in the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Since the city changed the name of the river there from “North Canadian” to Oklahoma River, maybe we should refer to that problem here as “Oklahoma River Fever?”