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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Abortion Ban

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 05.20.16

Law would have punished doctors for providing safe, legal abortion 

“Governor Fallin would rather restrict abortion through back channels than do so outright.”

Washington, D.C. – Just now, the Oklahoma Governor vetoed a bill that would have ended access to abortion in the state. The law would have stripped doctors of their medical licenses and jail them for providing safe, legal abortion.

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“This bill exposed the true motives behind restrictions across the country: to ban abortion. Governor Fallin would rather restrict abortion through back channels than do so outright. Fallin’s policies are already punishing women: she has signed a forced delay for abortion, restrictions on medication abortion, and a Texas-style law designed to shut down health centers.

“Politicians learn the same lesson over and over again: Americans want women to be able to access abortion safely and legally. Policies of punishing women and doctors over basic reproductive health care will not stand with the general public. Americans support a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion.”


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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.