OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Several anti-abortion bills are moving forward at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
On Monday, the Health and Human Services Committee advanced four anti-abortion bills from Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat.
Senate Bill 1552 allows the Oklahoma State Department of Health to contract directly with private organizations that provide services related to the Choosing Childbirth Act.
“Allowing the health department to contract directly with private organizations that support women who make the brave choice to carry a child to term rather than seek an abortion makes more life-saving resources available to even more expectant mothers and their children,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Senate Bill 1553 prohibits abortion in Oklahoma after 30-days from conception. SB1553 received extensive questions during the Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting on Monday. Fellow senators asking how the bill would apply to young girls, men, among other topics.
Senator Treat reiterating the fact that this bill would only affect those seeking an abortion.
“Not in the least, unless they were seeking to terminate a pregnancy, by which they would either self-report to their physician when their last cycle started and/or the physician in their expert opinion would try to determine how long it had been since the start of their last cycle,” said Sen. Treat.
Later in the meeting, Senator Carri Hicks asked if this bill would affect men.
“So for clarification, this piece of legislation only impacts those that are able to carry a baby to term potentially but excludes the father or individual that also was responsible in creating the clump of cells. Is that correct?” asked Sen. Hicks.
“I take serious issue at ‘clump of cells.’ I, to my core, believe that it is a human being and I think science backs that up definitively,” said Sen. Treat. “My belief system absolutely does and so I take issue at you defining a human being in the womb as a ‘clump of cells.’ Biologically, I am not capable of carrying a baby. No male is. But there are males who are in the womb yet to be born. So it doesn’t just apply to females, legislatively, but obviously biologically I’m incapable of carrying a baby because I’m a biological male.”
SB1553 passed committee with a 8-3 vote. It will now head to the Senate floor for further consideration.
Senate Bill 1555 amends language in SB 918 in case Roe v. Wade is overturned. If that happens, Oklahoma could prohibit abortions in Oklahoma by enacting state statutes.
“Pending at the U.S. Supreme Court is a case that could overturn all or parts of Roe v. Wade and other federal case law that tragically allows abortions to proceed. It is my hope the court overturns precedents that protect abortion in that current case and restores states’ ability to prohibit abortion once again. Senate Bill 1555 is an important measure that prepares Oklahoma to act quickly to end abortion if, and when, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns precedent on abortion law,” Treat said.
Senate Joint Resolution 37 would allow a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to prohibit the Oklahoma Supreme Court from reading into the Oklahoma Constitution a guaranteed right to an abortion.
“The U.S. Supreme Court mistakenly read into the federal constitution a guaranteed right to an abortion. Senate Joint Resolution 37, if approved by voters, keeps the Oklahoma Supreme Court from making that same mistake. This resolution would stop the Oklahoma Supreme Court from inventing out of whole cloth a right to an abortion in the state constitution, and gives Oklahomans the ability to affirm their overwhelming support for protecting the sanctity of life,” Treat said.
All of the bills move to the Senate floor for consideration.