State Senate Advances Abortion ‘Trigger Ban’

Both abortion rights supporters and opponents decried an abortion “trigger ban” approved by a Senate health committee on Monday along mostly partisan lines.

Senate Bill 195 would “trigger” a state ban on abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision making abortion a constitutional right. Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, the author of SB 195, said he didn’t want to see the state advance any legislation that would likely be ruled unconstitutional.

“I believe Roe v. Wade was a poor decision, but I also value the rule of law and there is a right way to do this,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 195 by a vote of 11 to 4, sending it to the Senate floor.

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