OKLAHOMA CITY – In conjunction with the news that the Oklahoma Legislature passed SB 1552 criminalizing abortion, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement:

The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director:

By creating an effective ban on abortion, Senate Bill 1552 is one of the most extreme anti-choice measures imaginable. The Oklahoma Legislature is acting in direct defiance of more than four decades of court precedent, which guarantees access to reproductive health care, including the right to access a safe and legal abortion.  In the midst of the worst budget crisis in our state’s history, we cannot imagine how the governor could sign legislation that so blatantly defies the United States and Oklahoma Constitutions and marginalizes and endangers Oklahoma women by taking away their most basic right, the right to govern their own bodies.