Target: Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma
Goal: Keep abortion legal in Oklahoma.
Any doctor who performs an abortion could be sent to prison if a bill that recently passed the Oklahoma Senate becomes law. The only exception to this blanket abortion ban would be a procedure that is necessary to save a woman’s life. This egregious piece of legislation denies women the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, and it clearly violates federal law.
The author of this bill claims that its purpose is “to protect life,” but it will actually put the lives of women in jeopardy. When safe and legal abortion is outlawed or unavailable, women turn to dangerous, often life-threatening abortion methods. Outlawing abortion does not stop women from seeking abortions, especially when women cannot afford to have children or have become pregnant because of rape or abuse. Low-income women who cannot access abortion will plunge further into poverty without the procedure because they cannot afford the cost of pregnancy or taking care of the child.
Every woman must have the right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. Sign the petition below to tell the governor to veto this bill.
Dear Governor Fallin,
As I am sure you already know, the Oklahoma legislature recently passed a bill which would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. I strongly urge you to veto this bill as it violates a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health, and is clearly unconstitutional.
Several abortion rights groups have vowed to challenge this bill in court if it becomes law. Proponents of the bill claim that it can stand up to such a challenge because the state has the right to set licensing requirements for doctors. But this argument ignores the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that abortion is legal, and that state governments may not place an undue burden on women seeking abortions.
If you sign this bill into law, the state of Oklahoma will look forward to an expensive legal battle which will end in the law being overturned anyway. I urge you to veto this bill, spare the taxpayers the unnecessary expense, and leave women’s reproductive health decisions to women and their doctors.
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