OKLAHOMA – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Texas law about abortion could impact Oklahoma’s similar law.
Monday, a spokesman for Attorney General Scott Pruitt said AG Pruitt has not yet decided whether he will stop defending the Oklahoma law, despite the highest court’s decision.
Around lunchtime Monday, Father Bill Pruett and members of his church prayed in peaceful protest outside the building that will soon house an abortion clinic in southwest Oklahoma City.
“It’s curious in a world if someone has a car wreck and is responsible for killing a woman who is pregnant, it’s a double homicide. But, this is not considered murder,” Pruett said.
Pruett and others there were disappointed after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that would have restricted access for a woman to have an abortion.
It was a victory for pro-choice advocates and organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
“They reaffirmed today what we already knew, which is that women have a constitutionally guaranteed right to access abortion wherever they live in this country,” said ACLU spokesperson Allie Shinn.
The Supreme Court’s ruling means dozens of licensed abortion facilities in Texas can now reopen.
Clinics in our state could have been forced to close after Oklahoma passed a law in 2014 that’s very similar to the one in Texas.
But, a doctor and a pro-choice group sued the state, keeping the new Oklahoma law tied up in court.
The clinic set to open in southwest Oklahoma City already has one facility in Wichita.
Leaders there sent NewsChannel 4 a statement Monday:
“This is a great day for women’s rights and equality. This decision has a direct impact on the lives of women and their families,” said Trust Women CEO Julie Burkhart.
“I think our supreme court has failed us,” Pruett said.
Those who passionately disagree with the court’s ruling said, come Tuesday around lunchtime, they’ll be back outside the clinic again.
“We have to stand for other human beings who have no voice. We have to be their voice,” said Claire Powell.
You may remember, Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill this past session that would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion.
Governor Mary Fallin vetoed that bill.