Friday, June 02, 2023

Oklahoma Dems laud State Supreme Court for abortion ruling

Predictably, the Democrats in the Legislature are cheering on Oklahoma's liberal Supreme Court's latest ruling overturning two 2022 laws restricting abortion (here's another article on it from NonDoc). Click here for the response from GOP leaders.

Read below for comments from House Minority Leader Cyndi Munson and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd:

STATEMENT: House Democratic Leader Cyndi Munson Responds to Oklahoma Supreme Court Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 31st) – House Democratic Leader Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, issued the following statement in response to today's Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on abortion care.

"I am pleased to learn about today’s ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court that will keep healthcare decisions where they belong, between Oklahomans and their physicians. Oklahomans value their right to make their own decisions when it comes to healthcare for themselves and their families. House Democrats will continue to fight for the rights of all Oklahomans to live their lives free from government interference. 

As SB1503 and HB4327 advanced through the legislative process in 2022, House Democrats continually questioned their constitutionality. Today’s ruling is a reminder, for the supermajority in both chambers, that putting forth extremist legislation for partisan political points is a waste of taxpayer time and money.

It is our job as legislators to focus on issues most important to Oklahomans – access to high-quality public education, affordable health care, employment that provides a living wage, and affordable housing – that will ensure they can thrive, not merely survive."

Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd comments on recent abortion rulings 

(June 1st) Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, of Oklahoma City, released the following statement in response to Republican reactions to the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s recent rulings regarding abortion.

“It is important to always remember the Oklahoma Supreme Court is a separate branch of government with equal power to that of the Legislature. The justices are responsible for protecting the Constitution, especially when the Legislature exceeds its bounds. Disputing their ruling undermines the foundation of our democracy.

“Additionally, our colleagues received more than ample warnings that these policies had constitutional issues and were given the opportunity to pursue alternative paths and correct the deficiencies. They chose not to make those corrections. Disavowing the court now is equivalent to yelling at the umpire for a legitimate call at home plate.”


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