Oklahoma Supreme Court: Abortion Allowed to Save Life

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that abortion is constitutional in cases to save the life of the mother, but not as an elective procedure, The Oklahoman reported.

“We make no ruling on whether the Oklahoma Constitution provides a right to an elective termination of a pregnancy, i.e. one made outside of preserving the life of the pregnant woman as we have defined herein,” the news outlet reported the ruling said. “[There is] an inherent right of a pregnant woman to terminate a pregnancy when necessary to save her life.”

According to the report, five justices formed the majority: Yvonne Kauger; James R. Winchester; James E. Edmondson; Douglas L. Combs; and Noma Gurich. Dissenting were Chief Justice M. John Kane IV and Vice Chief Justice Dustin P. Rowe, along with Justices Richard Darby and Dana Kuehn.

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