Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is totally pro-life. He’s signed multiple pro-life laws to protect babies from abortion including a Texas-style abortion ban includes a private enforcement mechanism like the Texas law that has banned most abortions for over 250 days.
He’s also signed a trigger law that will ban abortions in Oklahoma immediately after the Supreme Court overturns Roe.
In a new weekend interview, Stitt defended protecting babies from abortions.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” he defended the recently signed law saying, “I represent 4 million Oklahomans, I don’t know how much clearer we could be: we believe life begins at conception and we are going to protect life in Oklahoma.”
He added on Twitter: “Socialist Democrats use poverty rates and other statistics to justify their immoral argument for killing unborn children. But I believe God has a special plan for every life. I’m working hard to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state. Killing unborn children is not a part of the plan.”
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Socialist Democrats use poverty rates and other statistics to justify their immoral argument for killing unborn children.
But I believe God has a special plan for every life.
I’m working hard to make Oklahoma a Top Ten state. Killing unborn children is not a part of the plan. pic.twitter.com/xIvE5BR58O
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 15, 2022
But Stitt is concerned that Indiana reservations could create abortion businesses that get around the abortion ban because such reservations are subject to federal rather than state laws and even if Roe is reversed there is would be no federal law banning abortions.
“We think there is a possibility that some tribes may try to set up abortion-on-demand. They think you could be 1/1,000th tribal member and not have to follow the state law, so that’s something that we’re watching,” pointing out that the tribes in Oklahoma are “super liberal.”
“Oklahomans will not think very well of that if tribes try to set up abortion clinics,” Stitt added. “You know, the tribes in Oklahoma are super liberal,” he said. “They go to Washington, D.C. They talk to President [Joe] Biden at the White House; they kind of adopt those strategies.”
The concern is that 43% of Oklahoma is declared tribal lands that do not come under the jurisdiction of the state — meaning abortion centers could operate on those lands without the state abortion ban applying to them.
Oklahoma is the third state to have passed a privately-enforced abortion ban, following Texas and Idaho. Although the Texas law has survived pro-abortion lawsuits and been affirmed at both the Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court, the Idaho law has been put on hold while the lawsuit agaisnt it continues.
Senate Bill 1503, modeled after the Texas heartbeat law, will prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, and allow private citizens to sue abortionists who break the law.
Under the bill, just like the Texas law, abortionists are prohibited from killing babies in abortions and, instead of a criminal enforcement by state or local officials, the law allows private individuals to file a civil lawsuit against abortionists or those helping abortionists to end the life of the unborn child.
The bill would also allow private citizens to bring a civil lawsuit against a person who performs or induces an abortion, intends to perform an abortion, or knowingly aides or abets an abortion such as paying for the procedure. Under the measure, relief would include at least $10,000 in statutory damages for each abortion the defendant performed or aided in violation of the act, legal fees, and compensatory damages.
The bill would prohibit civil action from being brought against certain individuals, including the woman who had the abortion or sought the procedure. The proposal would not allow a person who impregnated a woman through rape, sexual assault or incest to bring a civil action.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Stitt and Oklahoma lawmakers, saying: “Unborn babies are human beings, with beating hearts by six weeks. From this day forward, as many as 3,800 unborn children a year and their mothers are safe from abortion in Oklahoma. Americans overwhelmingly support commonsense abortion limits that save lives and want to rein in pro-abortion extremism. We are so grateful to Governor Stitt, Sen. Julie Daniels and all our Sooner State allies who worked tirelessly to enact some of the nation’s most protective pro-life laws. With millions of lives at stake in the Dobbs case and pro-abortion Democrats threatening to impose abortion on demand until birth at any cost, leadership like theirs is vital to ensure the voice of the people is heard.”
The Oklahoma House voted 68-12 for the measure and because it has an emergency provision in it, the new law would take effect immediately and would be expected to shut down most all abortions in Oklahoma.
Stitt signed a full abortion ban earlier this month but that ban is not expected to be able to be enforced as the Texas-style law would be — at least until Roe is overturned.
Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, authored the bill and she had worked with the former Texas solicitor general on the text in the bill.
The Texas law has saved thousands of babies from abortions but some abortion centers in Oklahoma have been selling more abortions and this measure, in concert with the Texas law, would ensure more babies are protected.
“This is an opportunity to save more Oklahomans. I hope that we see a good decision out of the U.S. Supreme Court, but we can’t wait around for that,” Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat told the committee, Fox 23 News reports. “We need to save unborn life.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer on a Mississippi abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
Treat said the bills will make sure Oklahoma can begin protecting unborn babies’ right to life as soon as the high court allows states to do so.
About 4,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in Oklahoma, according to state health statistics.
All across the country, state lawmakers have introduced hundreds of pro-life bills this year in anticipation that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe this summer. Since 1973, states have been forced to legalize abortions without limits up to viability, and more than 63.5 million unborn babies have been killed.
The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortions” if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe. And researchers estimated that abortion numbers would drop by about 120,000 in the first year and potentially even more in subsequent years if the high court allows states to ban abortions again.