During a virtual meeting with abortion activists, Vice President Kamala Harris attacked Oklahoma’s new pro-life legislation, calling it part of an ongoing “war” on women’s rights to “live and love.”
On Thursday, Oklahoma state lawmakers passed the strongest pro-life bill in the nation by a vote of 73-16, primarily along party lines. House Bill 4327 will ban nearly all abortions in Oklahoma beginning at conception, only permitting the procedure in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest that has been reported to the police.
The legislation appears to be based upon a similar bill in Texas, and will allow state residents to file civil lawsuits against abortion providers and any individual who assists a woman in aborting her baby.
The bill is now headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has made it clear that he will sign it into law. The governor has reportedly stated that he will sign any pro-life legislation that comes across his desk.
While conservatives and pro-life activists celebrated the bill’s passing, Democrats and pro-abortion advocates condemned the legislation as yet another attack on women’s rights.
While speaking at a virtual meeting with abortion providers and activists on Thursday, Vice President Harris attacked the bill, calling it “outrageous.”
“[It’s] outrageous, and it’s just the latest in a series of extreme laws around the country,” she said. “Several of the medical professionals joining us today are seeing the impact of these laws that are designed to punish and control women.”
Harris went on to denounce the Oklahoma law as just another opportunistic assault on abortion rights following the leaking of an early draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that the court is poised to hand down a decision that will overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
“The right to privacy that forms the basis of Roe is the same right to privacy that protects the right to use contraception and the right to marry the person you love, including a person of the same sex. Overturning Roe opens the door to restricting those rights,” she asserted.
“It would be a direct assault on the fundamental right of self-determination — to live and love without interference from the government,” Harris added.