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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2022

Contact: Mary Owens, mowens@sbalist.org

Millions of Lives at Stake in Dobbs Decision

Washington, D.C.The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated as the Oklahoma Legislature sent legislation to stop abortions when an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected to Governor Kevin Stitt’s (R) desk. The Senate also advanced a bill to protect unborn children and their mothers throughout pregnancy.

  • The Life at Conception Act (B. 4327), sponsored Sen. Julie Daniels (a member of SBA List’s National Pro-Life Caucus) and Rep. Wendi Stearman.
  • The Oklahoma Heartbeat Act (B. 1503), sponsored by Sen. Daniels and Rep. Todd Russ.

Earlier this month Stitt also signed S.B. 612, sponsored by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Jim Olsen, into law. Stitt has promised to sign every piece of pro-life legislation that reaches his desk.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the legislature and Stitt, saying:

“Oklahoma’s dynamic lawmakers continue to set new benchmarks for protecting unborn children and their mothers. Science shows us unborn babies are human beings, with beating hearts by six weeks.  This type of legislation is proven to save lives and could save as many as 3,800 unborn children a year in Oklahoma – a glimpse of how much is at stake in the Dobbs case. A favorable Supreme Court decision could finally free all Americans and their elected representatives to modernize our laws, saving hundreds of thousands, even millions of lives over the next few years.

“We’re honored to stand with Governor Stitt and all our Sooner State allies in this fight. We look forward to seeing these bills signed into law soon and hope many more states follow their lead.”

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that limits abortion after 15 weeks, the Supreme Court will address whether all pre-viability abortion limits are unconstitutional. A decision is expected in the spring or summer of 2022.

Alternatives to Abortion: Oklahoma’s Choosing Childbirth Program, established in 2017, supports pregnancy centers by providing grants for services such as ultrasounds, medical exams, counseling, parenting classes, maternity care and more. In 2019 Gov. Stitt signed a budget appropriating $2 million for the program.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 

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