Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down Two Different Pro-Life Laws

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In a 6-3 ruling on Wednesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reportedly invalidated two pro-life measures.

Senate Bill 1503 and House Bill 4327 were found to be in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution by Oklahoma’s highest court.

The Oklahoma legislature approved both of these laws in 2022, and one of them stipulated that a medical emergency had to exist before a doctor could perform an abortion.

The court’s determination that a woman has the inherent right to end a pregnancy when it is essential to preserve her life was upheld for two months before the judgement was made.

Four of the justices were chosen by a Democratic governor, while five were chosen by a Republican governor.

Instead of using criminal prosecutions to enforce the limits, the laws that were overturned do so through a civil litigation system, in which private persons can bring a claim against someone who performs or facilitates another person’s access to an abortion.

Despite the court’s ruling, abortion is still prohibited in the state under a 1910 law that came into force after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the famous Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.

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