Supreme Decision: Oklahoma's constitution guarantees right to abortion
It's the 2nd red state to rule right to life-saving abortions is constitutional. Plus: Trump remains free but Rand Paul wants to jail the D.A. And: Tucker Carlson's obsession with Pelosi beach photos
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Civil Rights Watch
OKLAHOMA SUPREME COURT FINDS “LIMITED RIGHT” TO ABORTION EXISTS IN STATE CONSTITUTION: Yesterday’s ruling, which overturned Oklahoma’s near-total ban on abortion, states definitively that Oklahomans have a right to life-saving abortions, whether there’s an emergency or not. But the court declined to weigh in on whether the state constitution broadly protects the right in other circumstances.
The four justices appointed by Democrats were joined by a Republican appointee, James R. Winchester, who crossed over to create a 5–4 majority. They argued that Oklahomans have a right to life, and that forcing them to wait for their life-saving abortions until there is a medical emergency further endangers their lives.
“Requiring one to wait until there is a medical emergency would further endanger the life of the pregnant woman and does not serve a compelling state interest,” the majority opinion states.
The dissenting justices, all of them GOP appointees, argued that Oklahoma’s constitution doesn’t guarantee the right to an abortion at any time, and that the Legislature acted appropriately when it limited abortions to imminent medical emergencies. The courts must consider “the interest of the unborn,” they stated. In the majority opinion, fetuses “have no voice, say, or consideration,” they complained.
But the majority held that “We know of no other law that requires one to wait until there is an actual emergency in order to receive treatment.”
However, the high court upheld a statute that predates Roe v. Wade, which still outlaws abortion unless it is “necessary to preserve… life.” Reproductive rights activists called the split ruling disappointing.
“Oklahomans are still being denied the right to make decisions about their own bodies, families and futures,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The right recognized today is so limited that most people who need abortion will not be able to access it,” said Emily Wales, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains.
"I wholeheartedly disagree with this activist majority’s opinion creating a right to an abortion in Oklahoma. Alarmingly, this activist majority acted out of hand by making a policy decision that belongs to the people,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.)
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is now the second Republican-controlled state this month to find a right to life-saving abortions under its state constitution, following on the heels of the North Dakota Supreme Court last week. Both decisions give lie to the claim, often made by anti-abortion advocates, that post-Roe bans do not imperil patients’ lives. —KFOR, KOSU, Slate and Reuters via Yahoo News
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Star Trek Corner
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