Oklahoma: Where abortions won't come sweeping down the plains
April 27, 2016 5:36 PM   Subscribe

A new type of anti-abortion bill has appeared on Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin's, desk. This bill, Senate Bill 1552, would direct the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners to revoke the license of any physician performing an abortion within the state of Oklahoma except to save the life of the mother. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. Governor Fallin has not indicated on whether she intends to sign the bill yet but is expected to.

Oklahoma has also been under unprecedented budget pressure with essential services being cut past the bone, many school districts having resorted to shortening school weeks or ending school early.

State Rep. David Brumbaugh when questioned about the issue was quoted as saying "If we take care of the morality, God will take care of the economy,”.
posted by Talez (10 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: It's depressing when the "a terrible thing happened!" is done by elected lawmakers, but it leads to the same kind of two-minutes-hate thread. -- restless_nomad

No burden is ever too undue, eh Justice Kennedy?
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:36 PM on April 27, 2016

We love the constitution so much we're always wiping our shiny asses with it. Makes a great polishing rag.
posted by Bringer Tom at 5:49 PM on April 27, 2016

Remember to play your "woman card", ladies, to ensure further removal of those pesky rights!
posted by nubs at 5:51 PM on April 27, 2016

Will the Oklahoma State Board of Dry Cleaners be next?
posted by knoyers at 5:51 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

Seems a little soon for them to pull this move before the election, and before anyone even gets to nominate a new justice. Do they think they actually think they can win with the current supreme court or something? Is this just a move to start worming it through the courts so it crosses the finish line right on time?
posted by emptythought at 5:52 PM on April 27, 2016

"If we take care of the morality, God will take care of the economy,”

That really is a scary mindset for lawmakers to have.
posted by macrael at 5:53 PM on April 27, 2016 [3 favorites]

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Oklahoma:

The state’s forcible sodomy law doesn’t apply when the victim is intoxicated or unconscious, rules OK's highest criminal court.

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Joint Resolution 4 by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, by a vote of 30-16, calling for a national [Constitutional] convention to propose a federal balanced budget amendment and term limits for Congress. The measure will be sent to Congress.

Good to see that they're staying busy.
posted by delfin at 5:54 PM on April 27, 2016

Strangely, every time the "morality will lead to prosperity" approach has been tried, God has declined to take part. It's almost as if the Divine Attention were focused on those solving the economic problem. God has also expressed an interest in feeding the hungry, visiting prisoners, and clothing the indigent, but I guess Oklahoma isn't interested in that God.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:56 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

Oklahoma - where "freedom of choice" means rapists get to choose the mother of their child.
posted by benzenedream at 5:57 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

Seems a little soon for them to pull this move before the election

We're going to see more and more stuff like this and these transphobic bathroom bills from now 'til November. It's not that they're counting on winning the presidency. It's because the right is justifiably worried that their voters won't turn out for the election. They know their presidential candidate is going to be shit, and they're terrified of what that will do to turnout. They can't change that, though, so they're going to push all the culture-war bullshit wedge issues they can to get their base to vote, with the hope that those voters will support downticket Republicans along the way.

And a whole lot of people are going to suffer for it in the meantime.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 5:58 PM on April 27, 2016 [3 favorites]

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