The White House whipped out their favorite new “insult” and several other choice adjectives in slamming Oklahoma’s new abortion bill.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre torched the legislation in a Thursday night statement, calling it “extreme,” “absurd,” and — of course — “ultra MAGA.” The later description is the proud result of six months of painstaking market research by desperate Democrats.
H.B. 4327 would ban all abortions except in cases of rape or incest that are reported to law enforcement. The measure also allows abortion to save the life of the mother. This covers conception to birth, and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt pledged to sign the law.
The governor notes that he promised to “sign every pro-life bill” that comes across his desk.
This would give the state the strongest abortion prohibitions in the nation. The bill passed the Oklahoma House by a 73-16 vote largely on party lines. Naturally, the White House went ultra-offended.
Jean-Pierre charges, without proof, that the GOP is merely beginning with “reproductive rights,” and the slippery slope leads to contraception and “marriage equality.” And it’s all part of “ultra MAGA officials” threatening to roll back freedoms.
Vice President Kamala Harris is also ultra-miffed, calling Oklahoma’s legislation “outrageous.” She told a virtual meeting of abortionists Thursday that Oklahoma’s law is a threat “to all Americans.”
Oklahoma already has a Texas-style law that bans abortions after cardiac activity is detectable, which is normally around six weeks of pregnancy. It allows private citizens to sue anyone assisting a woman have an abortion for up to $10,000.
Another bill already signed that goes into effect later this year makes performing an abortion a felony that carries up to a 10-year prison sentence.
The leak of a draft Supreme Court decision written in February roiled the national debate over abortion. The document, written by Justice Samuel Alito and confirmed by the court as authentic, indicates a majority of justices favor a ruling that would reverse 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision.
If this ruling happens as indicated, it will send oversight of abortion back to the states. In Oklahoma’s case, anti-abortion bills approved in recent years have been overturned by the courts, but the possibility of the Supreme Court ditching Roe changes the playing field.