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Gov Fallin vetoes anti-abortion bill

Governor Mary Fallin (Source State of Oklahoma) Governor Mary Fallin (Source State of Oklahoma)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –Citing the exclusion of a definition in the bill, Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed the bill that would have essentially banned abortions.

Fallin has signed 18 pro-life bills, but said Senate Bill 1552, which would have made it a felony for physicians to perform an abortion that wasn’t to save the mother’s life, failed to define “necessary to preserve the life of the mother.”

In her veto message, Fallin wrote:

“Although Senate Bill 1552 excludes a mother’s threat of self-harm from the exception preserving the life of the mother, Senate Bill 1552 does not define ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother.’ The absence of any definition, analysis or medical standard renders this exception vague, indefinite and vulnerable to subjective interpretation and application.”

“While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination,” Fallin wrote. “In fact, the most direct path to a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade is the appointment of a conservative, pro-life justice to the United States Supreme Court.”

The Oklahoma House passed the bill, 59-9, and the Oklahoma Senate passed it, 33-12.

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