Oklahoma Attorney General certifies Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has certified the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, officially outlawing abortion in Oklahoma.

O’Connor sent a certification letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt, President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, Speaker Charles McCall and Secretary Brian Bingman, which immediately enforces Section 861 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes. This states that abortion at any stage of pregnancy is a felony and punishable by prison time.

“Consistent with my oath and to fulfill my duties as the chief law officer of the State of Oklahoma, I will begin enforcement efforts immediately. I will take all necessary actions within my authority to ensure Oklahoma law is enforced and the interests of the State and its people are protected,” said O’Connor in the letter.

Oklahoma was one of 13 states in the U.S. prepared to immediately ban abortion should Roe v. Wade get overturned.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision Friday in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade. The high court decided that a 2018 Mississippi state law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional.

In April 2022, Stitt signed into law Senate Bill 1555, also known as a “trigger law.” The law would become effective once the attorney general determined that the Supreme Court has overruled the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

Oklahoma’s Republican-majority state government led by Stitt has approved several abortion restrictions laws within the last year. Gov. Stitt made a promise to sign every piece of anti-abortion legislation that comes across his desk since he took office.

“As Governor, I represent all four million Oklahomans and they overwhelming support protecting life in Oklahoma,” Stitt said in April.