A court has overturned a pro-life Oklahoma law the governor signed earlier this year that will teach the public, and students, that “abortion kills a living human being.” The notion is easily provable given the inordinate amount of scientific evidence, ultrasound imaging and comments from top scientists about the humanity of unborn children.
However, the bill’s message clearly states that any information distributed to the public “shall clearly and consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being.”
The bill also states that information should be available for prenatal health care, but “no program or state employee may refer any student to a medical facility or any provider for the performance of an abortion.”
But today the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck it down:
Oklahoma’s highest court on Tuesday struck down a law imposing restrictions on abortion providers, including a requirement that they take samples of fetal tissue from patients younger than 14 and preserve them for state investigators.
The law also set new criminal penalties for providers found to have violated abortion-related statutes as well as for anyone found to have helped a minor evade the requirement to obtain parental consent. In addition, the bill created a new, stricter inspection and licensing system for abortion clinics.
Legislators had said the fetal tissue section was aimed at capturing child rapists and that the law would protect women’s health. But the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenged the law in court, said it unfairly targeted doctors and facilities that perform abortions.
In a unanimous opinion, the nine-member Oklahoma Supreme Court found the law violated the state constitution’s requirement that each legislative bill must address only “one subject.” The rule, the court said, is designed to prevent legislators from including provisions that would not normally pass in otherwise popular bills.
The state unsuccessfully asserted that each part of the law addressed a single subject: abortion.