The Oklahoma legislature has passed and sent to the governor a thoroughly heinous bill that would strip any doctor’s license to practice medicine in that state if they perform an abortion. Gov. Mary Fallin hasn’t said whether she would sign it, but I can’t imagine she won’t. She’s as irrational as they come.
An Oklahoma bill that could revoke the license of any doctor who performs an abortion has headed to the governor, with opponents saying the measure in unconstitutional and promising a legal battle against the cash-strapped state if it is approved.In the Republican-dominated legislature, the state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill late on Thursday. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has not yet indicated whether she will sign it.
Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions would risk losing their medical licenses. Exemptions would be given for those who perform the procedure for reasons including protecting the mother or removing a miscarried fetus.
“This is our proper function, to protect life,” said Senator Nathan Dahm, the Republican who authored the bill.
A handful of representatives argued against the bill, saying it violated the Constitution by prohibiting a doctor from performing a medical procedure that was legal under law.
Ya think? This would last about 30 seconds in court, of course, but this is all about pandering to the Christian right in an election year.