LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Senate Bill 612 should be repealed | Opinion

State Bill 612, which was recently passed by Oklahoma’s 58th Legislature, should be repealed. The bill prohibits abortions unless the woman’s life is in danger, or the doctor will be charged with a felony and fined up to $100,000. There are no provisions for rape or incest.

Oklahoma was a haven, until recently, for Texas women seeking freedom from the oppressive nature of SB8, the “Texas Heartbeat Bill.” Oklahoma saw an 800% increase in abortions from Texas women who traveled out of state for the procedure. Women in Texas and Oklahoma now have to turn elsewhere and travel greater distances, putting the health and safety of these women at risk.

Abortion restrictions such as SB 612 disproportionately impact women of color and those living at or below the poverty line. 75% of women say they cannot afford another child and more than 60% already have another child. Often there is an increase in the number of children coming into child protective services due to the forced birth and custody of another child.

I am a woman with no children and do not plan to have any. SB 612 concerns me deeply because it limits equitable reproductive justice for women who are starting families.

There are a multitude of ways to circumvent unjust laws such as SB 612; I urge you to support free access to birth control, comprehensive sex education, and support a woman’s bodily sovereignty by trusting her decision to have an abortion.

Sincerely,

Joanna Taulman

Claremore

Norman D. Briggs