[Ed. – Will of the people?]
The campaign website of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt reads, “I believe human life begins at conception and I’ll fight to protect the rights of the unborn in Oklahoma and across the nation.” Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Oklahoma State Senate 39-to-9, and in the State House, 77-to-24. Oklahoma Senate Bill 13, entitled “The Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act,” has been introduced. True to its name, OK SB13 would abolish abortion in the state.
So why is abortion still legal in Oklahoma?
The answer will shock pro-life people. Abortion remains legal in Oklahoma because of National Right to Life Vice President Tony Lauinger, and because of pro-life State Senators Jason Smalley (R-Stroud) and Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City). Lauinger, who also is President of Oklahomans for Life, has long lobbied against SB13 and previous versions of the bill. Smalley is chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services committee where SB13 has been assigned and Treat is the Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate.