The Oklahoma Senate is trying to prepare the state to act quickly to restrict and completely ban abortions if the Supreme Court overturns or guts its Roe v Wade decision that guaranteed women access to aborting pregnancies.
The Health and Human Services Committee on Monday advanced four anti-abortion bills from Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat.
Senate Bill 1552 allows the Oklahoma State Department of Health to contract directly with private organizations who provide services related to the Choosing Childbirth Act.
Senate Bill 1553 modifies current state statutes and moves to 30 days from conception the prohibition on abortion in Oklahoma.
Senate Bill 1555 amends “trigger language” from 2021’s SB 918 so that, should the central holdings of Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey be overturned, or should the U.S. Constitution be amended to allow states to set abortion policy, Oklahoma can enforce its existing prohibition of abortion in state statute or enact similar statutes prohibiting an abortion throughout pregnancy.
Senate Joint Resolution 37 provides for a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to prohibit the Oklahoma Supreme Court from reading into the Oklahoma Constitution a guaranteed right to an abortion.
The bills next move to the Senate floor for consideration.