President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 25, 2019
Senate Pro Tem Treat debates for SB 195.
Pro Tem Treat
bill prohibiting abortion passes out of Senate Health committee
The Senate Health and
Human Services Committee approved with an 11-4 vote a bill from
President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat that would prohibit abortion in Oklahoma when the U.S.
Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade or if the U.S. Constitution
“Oklahoma is a pro-life state and Oklahomans have repeatedly
made it clear they want their elected officials to protect the life
of the unborn. Senate Bill 195 would prohibit abortion in Oklahoma,
with the exception for the life of the mother, when Roe v. Wade
is overturned or when the U.S. Constitution is amended. I appreciate
the members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for
advancing this important piece of legislation,” said Treat,
Treat said there are several lawsuits challenging Roe and other
federal cases legalizing abortion currently in the federal court
“The U.S. Supreme Court at any time could choose to revisit
any one of the current lawsuits challenging Roe v. Wade. Senate
Bill 195 is an important step Oklahoma should take immediately to
protect the lives of the unborn when that terrible decision of the
U.S. Supreme Court is overturned,” Treat said.
Abortion has been a felony in Oklahoma since 1910 but that statute
has been unenforceable since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized
abortion. Since then, Oklahoma has enacted pro-life policies that
have successfully saved lives and reduced abortions performed in
Those regulations would be rendered unnecessary when Roe is overturned
because the 1910 law then would be enforceable. By removing abortion
regulations from Oklahoma statutes, Senate Bill 195 would eliminate
any statutory conflicts between.
Five other states have adopted laws similar to Senate Bill 195,
and other states are considering similar measures.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565