State of Oklahoma Archives: on Abortion


Abby Broyles: Women are capable of making their own health care decisions

Abby trusts that women are capable of making decisions about their own health care without interference from lawmakers. Politicians are passing laws that interfere with a woman's ability to have a private relationship with her own physician, illegally tracking women's medical records, and insisting on scientifically unproven measures or even procedures that do not exist in medical science. Abby will work to ensure that the practice of medicine is left to licensed health professionals.
Source: 2020 Oklahoma Senate campaign website AbbyBroyles.com Jul 26, 2020

Drew Edmondson: No state in women's decisions regarding reproduction

A Republican forum asked in a survey if each candidate would sign legislation banning all abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Drew Edmondson, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, did not respond to the group's survey. Edmondson's campaign manager said last week, "Drew believes in health care access for all Oklahomans. That includes women's decisions regarding their own reproductive health. Those decisions are intensely personal and should not involve the Legislature."

Two years ago, Gov. Fallin signed bills with abortion restrictions that were later struck down. One bill would have required a physician to perform an ultrasound test using either a vaginal probe or an abdominal transducer and explain to the woman what the ultrasound was depicting. Another would have required doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Source: Press-Reader on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Jul 15, 2018

Kevin Stitt: Ban abortions except rape, incest or to save life of mother

Stitt said he would sign legislation banning or restricting abortion, even if it would violate abortion rights granted by the US Supreme Court in two major decisions. Stitt says he would sign every piece of anti-abortion legislation that came to him.

Stitt responded at the forum, "No I wouldn't sign that. I believe that life begins at conception and I am going to protect life every single day that I'm governor." Asked last week what he meant by his response, Stitt said he may have misunderstood the question. "From the very beginning, I've said that I'm pro-life and I am going to sign legislation that hits my desk to protect life," Stitt said in an interview. "So I will continue to say that."

At an earlier forum, Stitt said that he would only appoint justices to the Oklahoma Supreme Court that shared his views on abortion. "So as governor, I will make sure we get pro-life justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and then I'll sign every piece of pro-life legislation that hits my desk," he said.

Source: Press-Reader on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Jul 15, 2018

Mary Fallin: Signed two pro-life bills later struck down by Supreme Court

Two years ago, Fallin vetoed a bill passed by the Oklahoma Legislature that would have criminalized abortion except to save the life of a woman. "The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered `necessary to preserve the life of the mother,'" Fallin said.

Fallin did sign other bills with abortion restrictions that were later struck down. One bill would have required a physician to perform an ultrasound test using either a vaginal probe or an abdominal transducer and explain to the woman what the ultrasound was depicting. Another one struck down, by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, would have required doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The U.S. Supreme Court had earlier struck down a similar law in Texas

Source: Press-Reader on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Jul 15, 2018

Mick Cornett: Ban abortions except rape, incest or to save life of mother

Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt, two candidates vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, say they would sign legislation banning or restricting abortion, even if it would violate abortion rights granted by the US Supreme Court in two major decisions. Cornett said at a Republican forum that he would sign legislation banning all abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Stitt says he would sign every piece of anti-abortion legislation that came to him.

Cornett responded, "I'd sign it. Just--how long do I have?" The moderator responded that he had 30 seconds. "I'll sign it," Cornett said. "That's too short a time on such a deep and important question."

Two years ago, Gov. Fallin vetoed a bill passed by the Oklahoma Legislature that would have criminalized abortion except to save the life of a woman. Fallin did sign other bills with abortion restrictions that were later struck down.

Source: Press-Reader on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Jul 15, 2018

Kevin Stitt: Human life begins at conception

As a Christian and father of six, Kevin knows that there is no gift more precious than a child. Kevin Stitt is strongly pro-life. He believes human life begins at conception and he will fight to protect the rights of the unborn in Oklahoma and across the nation.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial website StittForGovernor.com Jul 4, 2018

Chris Powell: Leave decision to states or the people themselves

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Neither - Per the 10th Amendment, abortion should be left to the states or the people themselves.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Joe Maldonado: You own your body; not the Government

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Yes, it is your body; you own it not the Government.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Connie Johnson: Advocate for women's reproductive freedom in State Senate

The former state senator from Forest Park was probably one of the most liberal Democrats in the Legislature, where she served from 2005 until 2014, when she made a failed bid for U.S. Senate.

While in the state Senate, she was a strong advocate for women's reproductive freedom, debating against bills that put restrictions on abortion. She attempted to amend a bill that said life begins at conception with "any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." The measure, called the personhood bill, and the amendment did not secure approval.

She supports the legalization of marijuana, wants to abolish the death penalty and worked toward criminal justice reform. She is past vice chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and serves as chairwoman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Source: Tulsa World on 2018 Oklahoma governor race Jul 30, 2017

Gary Richardson: Life is a beautiful gift from our Father who created us

Life is a beautiful gift from our Father who created us. As such I am staunchly pro-life and will work to pass legislation that ensures the protection of innocent life.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma governor campaign website GaryRichardson.org May 2, 2017

Drew Edmondson: Supports abortion rights for women, part of his platform

Drew Edmondson, a former prosecutor and four-term Oklahoma attorney general from one of the state's most well-established political families, announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. A supporter of the death penalty and abortion rights for women, Edmondson served for 16 years as the state's attorney general before running for the state's open governor's seat in 2010. He lost the Democratic primary race against then Lt. Gov. Jari Askins by less than 1%.
Source: KOCO News5 on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race May 1, 2017

Mike Workman: Support a woman's right to choose

Workman supports a woman's right to choose, gender equality, and believes that problems from climate change must soon be addressed. His campaign will focus on four E's: Equality, Economy, Education, and the Environment.
Source: 2016 OK Senate campaign website facebook/Workman-4-Oklahoma Aug 8, 2016

Kevin Stine: Government should not interfere with woman's right to choose

Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine has jumped into the Democratic primary race against U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. "Some of Wyden's votes run against Democratic values," the 29-year-old said, referring to himself as a progressive Democrat.

Stine said he describes himself as to the left on social issues, believing people should have free choice without government interfering in marriage or a woman's right to choose. On fiscal issues, he said he is more conservative.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 21, 2015

James Inhofe: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Inhofe: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Inhofe: Rape, Incest, Life of Mother

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 30, 2014

T.W. Shannon: Protect human life from the moment of conception

Source: Fundraising press release on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Jan 29, 2014

Joe Dorman: Pro-life

[Regarding] mounting a successful challenge to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin: "Being out there visiting with the citizens of Oklahoma, I don't think she's as popular as she thinks," said Dorman, who described himself as a "pro life" candidate.
Source: NewsOK.com on 2014 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race Dec 18, 2013

Joe Dorman: Pro-life legislative voting history

Joe Dorman voted YEA on each of the following House bills related to abortion:
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of 2013-14 Oklahoma voting records Mar 12, 2013

Chris Powell: No public funding of organizations that perform abortions

Source: VoteSmart Oklahoma 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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