Mary Fallin Was An Original Cosponsor Of H.R.5939 Which Initially Contained Language Specifying Only Victims Of “Forcible Rapes” Could Receive Public Assistance For An Abortion.
Fallin was an original co-sponsor of H.R.5939, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, signing on as a co-sponsor on July 29, 2010 the day it was introduced. According to The Hill, “The original version of the measure banned all federally funded abortions, except in cases of ‘an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.’ After an outcry from women’s groups and Democrats, the ‘forcible rape’ language was dropped from the bill… Federal funding of abortions is banned by the Hyde Amendment, which Congress has renewed annually since the 1970s. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would effectively make those rules permanent.” H.R.5939 passed in the House but failed in the Senate.[H.R.5939, 7/29/2010; The Hill, 8/22/12]
Fallin Signed Legislation Barring Coverage Of Abortion Through Health Insurance Exchanges With No Exceptions For Rape Or Incest.
According to the Tulsa World, “SB 547 bars elective abortion coverage from health plans offered through health care exchanges set up as a result of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and also prohibits such coverage from being included in any standard health insurance policy. Under the bill, such coverage would have to be bought as a separate policy whose premium “fully covers the estimated cost” of the procedure. The bill defines ‘elective abortion’ as one for ‘any reason other than to prevent the death of the mother.’ It does not allow exceptions for other medical conditions, or in cases of rape or incest.” And, according to the Chicago Tribune, “Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making Oklahoma the fourth state to ban such abortions. She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions.” [Tulsa World, 4/14/11, Chicago Tribune, 4/21/11]
Fallin Signed Legislation Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks That Only Included A Health Of The Mother Exception.
According to the Associated Press, “Two abortion bills described by opponents as some of the strictest in the nation, including one that calls for prison time for doctors who perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, were signed into law on Wednesday by new Republican Gov. Mary Fallin… The first bill is called the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ and is based on the premise that a fetus can experience pain after 20 weeks of gestation. It includes an exemption for abortions performed when the life of the mother is at risk or if there is a risk of physical impairment of a ‘major bodily function.’” And, according to the Tulsa World, “The bill allows an exemption if the mother’s life is in danger or if she might lose a bodily function as a result of bringing the pregnancy to term. It does not contain an exemption for a fetus that is nonviable.” [Associated Press, 4/20/11; Tulsa World, 4/6/11]