On Tuesday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives adopted a resolution to remember the lives that have been lost due to abortion since the decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
The resolution stated, “to recognize January 22, 2022, as the Day of Tears in Oklahoma and to encourage Oklahoma citizens to lower their flags to half-staff to mourn the innocent, preborn children who have lost their lives due to abortion.”
“[O]n January 22, 1973, the majority of the members of the United States Supreme Court erroneously ruled that abortion was a right secured by the Constitution of the United States of America,” it continued, adding, “since that ill-fated day, over sixty-one million (61,000,000) preborn children in the United States have perished.”
Protesters also gathered at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City on Tuesday in a “Bans Off Oklahoma” protest to rally in support of abortion access and against pro-life measures.
“These legislators have continued their relentless attacks on our freedoms,” said Emily Wales, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, per NPR. “These restrictions are not about improving the safety of the work that we do. They are about shaming and stigmatizing people who need and deserve abortion access.”
“Oklahoma has been moving some of the most aggressive bans and restrictions that we’ve seen and in the past, we’ve relied on the courts as a backstop to block some of the most egregious laws they propose but we know that’s not true anymore,” Wales also said, per ABC affiliate KOCO News.
The outlet added:
Planned Parenthood was joined by several other groups, including the ACLU of Oklahoma and Trust Women, an abortion provider in Oklahoma City. They argue these laws will not stop abortion, just make it unsafe for those seeking one.
The protest came as the House passed SB 612, which if signed into law would ban all abortions except those carried out to save the mother’s life.
“This bill criminalizes abortion, makes it a felony, for the doctor. The penalty is up to ten years in prison and up to $100,000 fine,” explained state Representative Jim Olsen (R), the co-author of the measure.
The move comes as the Supreme Court gets ready to make a key decision in the abortion debate in the country.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, the high court heard oral arguments late last year on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case out of Mississippi over a law there that doesn’t allow abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The court could choose to uphold the Mississippi law, cutting away at the precedent established by Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade. The Justices could also decide to overturn Roe entirely or to strike down the law. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the decisions regarding abortion would be returned to the states rather than made legal on a broad scale across the country.
Several other states have taken action to pass pro-life legislation. Florida, Arizona, and Kentucky have also passed bills that prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
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