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Oklahoma governor vetoes abortion bill

Oklahoma state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, left, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, on the floor of the House in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Oklahoma state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, left, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, right, on the floor of the House in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Associated Press

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have made it a felony to perform an abortion – with a sentence of one to three years in state prison.

A statement from Fallin’s office quoted her as saying, “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.’ 

The statement went on to say that Fallin is “the most pro-life governor in the nation” and that she continues to support a re-examination of Roe v. Wade, the court case that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right nationwide.

Trust Women, a Wichita-based foundation that opened South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, plans to open a clinic in Oklahoma City in early summer. South Wind is the only surgical abortion provider in Wichita and will be the only abortion provider in Oklahoma City.

“I think it’s clear that her (Fallin’s) position on women’s reproductive rights has not changed, although I do applaud her for vetoing this bill which would have cost the state of Oklahoma thousands and thousands of dollars to defend a bill that is blatantly unconstitutional,” said Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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