Kamala Harris sharply criticized Oklahoma’s “outrageous” new proposed total abortion ban, which the state legislature passed on Thursday.
“It’s outrageous, and it’s just the latest in a series of extreme laws across the country,” the vice president said during an event Thursday with abortion and reproductive medicine providers.
Along with the likely overthrow of the Supreme Court Roe v. calfMs. Harris warned that conservatives are waging a “war on women’s rights” that will reduce women’s social agency and the privacy rights of all Americans.
“The right to privacy that forms the basis roe is the same right to privacy that protects the right to contraception and the right to marry the person you love, including someone of the same sex,” she added. “Tip over roe opens the floodgates to the restriction of these rights. It would be a direct attack on the fundamental right to self-determination, to live and love without state interference.”
Oklahoma law, set to go into effect immediately after it is signed, is the latest from the GOP-controlled state to limit abortion treatment.
Earlier legislation passed this year includes a ban on abortion six weeks before most people know they are pregnant and another making providing abortion treatment a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years of age prison can be punished.
But Thursday’s law goes further. It is the country’s toughest abortion law and the only one that outright bans the procedure and directly challenges the abortion rights it upholds Roe v. calf and subsequent cases for the last half century. It also does not include exceptions for rape or incest, and opens up civil lawsuits by private individuals to those who “promote” abortion.
The bill is modeled after a similar measure that went into effect in Texas last fall, which uses citizens as enforcers to avoid legal challenges.
Oklahoma’s proposed policy has already attracted lawsuits and strong criticism from health care providers and abortion advocates.
dr Iman Alsaden, medical director of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said The Independent during a press briefing that despite claims to the contrary by his supporters, the new law is not a small government, “pro-life” policy.
It will force people to leave their communities to seek medical care and will do nothing to improve Oklahoma’s poor medical and maternal health, she said.
“Oklahoma is a government-friendly, control-friendly state,” she said. “Oklahoma wants to control your bodily autonomy and take away your basic human rights.”
It will also have different effects on Black and Indigenous patients. “It’s not freedom,” she said.
Over the weekend, Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is staunchly anti-abortion, defended the state’s push to limit abortion despite Oklahoma’s already poor maternal health and child welfare outcomes, in response to questions on Fox News.
Anchor Shannon Bream noted that more than a fifth of Oklahoma’s children live below the poverty line, 71 percent of SNAP participants live in families with children, and Oklahoma ranks 42nd overall for child well-being.
“Well, I mean, here’s the deal,” he said. “Is the answer to the Socialist Democratic Left to abort poor children? I mean it’s just ridiculous to even cite those kinds of statistics. We have an open market in Oklahoma. We believe that God has a special plan for every single life and every single child. And we want everyone in Oklahoma to have an equal opportunity. And aborting a child is not the right answer.”
Although abortion remains a constitutionally protected right roe Severe restrictions in places like Oklahoma, Texas and other states have left the procedure already functionally unattainable for many people, doctors said The Independent.
dr Maya Bass travels regularly from New Jersey to Oklahoma to provide abortion care at an Oklahoma City clinic, where she treats up to 40 patients a day.
“Patients come to me and tell me they drove six hours or more to get there, that it took them weeks to get an appointment because of the increase in volume, or just time to make money for the trip and raising the childcare costs,” said Dr. bass The Independent. “It’s a lot harder to confirm appointments with people because [the clinic] I cannot promise you that our clinic will open next week.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/kamala-harris-oklahoma-abortion-ban-b2083133.html Kamala Harris has slammed Oklahoma’s “outrageous” abortion ban as part of post-Roe’s “war on women’s rights.”