An assault on women

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making abortion a felony. That seems pretty blatantly unconstitutional, but I’m not a lawyer.

The bill passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives with a vote of 59-to-9 last month. On Thursday, the state’s senate passed it with a vote of 33-to-12.

That’s a horribly large majority of legislators who believe women have no rights.

“This is a ban on abortion, plain and simple,” Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement about the legislation after the state’s house passed it. “Punishing doctors for performing a legal, medical procedure is an assault on women.”

Women apparently don’t deserve rights.

Since taking office in 2011, [Republican Governor Mary] Fallin has signed more than a dozen bills restricting access to reproductive health care, the Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-profit legal group, said Thursday.

The new bill “is blatantly unconstitutional and, if it takes effect, it will be the most extreme abortion law in this country” since the Roe v Wade decision, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the center, wrote in a letter to Fallin on Thursday.

Allen said her group was urging Fallin to veto the legislation, which she said was part of a larger pattern of lawmakers in the state chipping away at abortion rights.

“Policymakers in Oklahoma should focus on advancing policies that will truly promote women’s health and safety, not abortion restrictions that do just the opposite,” Allen wrote. “Anti-choice politicians in the state have methodically restricted access to abortion and neglected to advance policies that truly address the challenges women and families face every day.”

But clearly the legislators are not interested in women’s health and safety. They’re interested in insuring that women stay captive to their own reproductive systems.

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