Controversial OK abortion bill in for long, costly battle


Quick Facts:

  • The Oklahoma legislature passed a bill Thursday making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions
  • Gov. Fallin has 5 business days to veto or sign the bill
  • Groups on both sides of the issue aren’t very happy with it

A controversial bill aimed at stopping abortions in Oklahoma could lead to a long and costly fight in the courtroom.

Senate Bill 1552 would make it a felony for a doctor to perform the procedure.

Governor Mary Fallin now has five business days to sign or veto the bill after it was passed in the state legislature Thursday. If she doesn’t, it automatically becomes law.

“There should be no compromise with the dehumanization of any group of people,” said Alan Maricle with the Abolitionist Society of Norman.

The bill quickly generated controversy nationwide.

“Using a professional licensure rulemaking procedure to address that issue is sidestepping,” said Dan Skerbitz with Personhood Oklahoma.

Some national organizations are pushing for Fallin to veto the bill. They say it is unconstitutional and won’t withstand legal scrutiny.

One anti-abortion group said the bill doesn’t go far enough.

“If you have not yet said it’s a crime to commit an abortion and you have not established that in law then it is not appropriate to enforce a penalty on someone for doing that,” Skerbitz said.

The bill passed in the House Thursday 33-12 with no debate or discussion.

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