The Oklahoma Senate passed a bill Thursday which would make it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion.
Senate Bill 1552 would preclude physicians “from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in this state” if they perform, or assist in the performance of an abortion in Oklahoma.
Doctors who perform an abortion would also risk facing a maximum prison sentence of three years.
The state House approved the legislation in a 69-15 vote and the Senate sent it to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin after giving it a 33-12 greenlight.
An amendment to SB 1552 exempts abortions performed to save the life of the mother.
Gov. Fallin vetoed the bill Friday.
Recently I’ve been alarmed by the loony, whacked-out authoritarian politics of certain sectors of the left I used to call home.
I’ve been so alarmed by the threat to human liberty posed by social justice warriors on the left these days that I feel I’ve neglected the authoritarian politics of some sectors of the right.
While it can be fun to ridicule the excessive and totalitarian demands of the college campus left, authoritarianism isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to it.
This week the Oklahoma Senate should serve as a reminder that Republicans can also be pretty terrible when it comes to human liberty and individual rights.