President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 22, 2019
Sen. Greg Treat
Tem Greg Treat files legislation to prohibit abortion in Oklahoma
Law triggered when Roe v. Wade overturned or U.S. Constitution amended
Senate President Pro
Treat has filed legislation that would make abortion illegal
in Oklahoma when Roe v. Wade is overturned or if the U.S. Constitution
If either condition is met, Senate Bill 195 would immediately prohibit
abortion in Oklahoma – providing an exception to protect the
life of the mother. The bill also would eliminate the statutes that
currently regulate abortion, as they would no longer be necessary
once Oklahoma law prohibits abortion.
“I share the hope that one day abortion will be illegal in
Oklahoma and elsewhere across the United States. That day cannot
come soon enough, and when it arrives Senate Bill 195 prepares Oklahoma
to immediately take steps to protect the unborn,” said Treat,
“Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are horrible
decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. But I respect the rule of law,
and the U.S. Constitution and look forward to the day those grave
injustices of the court are corrected,” Treat said.
While Senate Bill 195 is not triggered until a new federal court
ruling or constitutional amendment, Treat said the measure was an
important step for the state to take now.
“Because Oklahoma is a part of the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement,
it meant our state could immediately begin collecting online sales
tax in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South
Dakota v. Wayfair. Similarly, Senate Bill 195 prepares Oklahoma
to take immediate action when Supreme Court cases legalizing abortion
are overturned,” Treat said.
Five other states have passed so-called trigger laws: Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Treat believes more states adopting policies like SB 195 will lead
federal officials to take steps to make abortion illegal or give
states the authority to decide the issue.
“Oklahoma is a pro-life state, and the people of Oklahoma
have repeatedly made it clear they want their elected officials
to protect the unborn. With Senate Bill 195, Oklahoma is joining
the ranks of other states to take legitimate policy steps to protect
the lives of the unborn and uphold the sanctity of life,”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565