Kevin Stitt on Abortion



FactCheck: Less than 1% of abortions are after 21 weeks

Claim: Stitt said: "There are states like Colorado and California and New York, that will abort babies, all the way up until the time of birth."

Fact check: Mostly false.

According to an Associated Press review of state abortion laws, California only allows abortions until the point of fetal viability which is around 23 to 24 weeks. In New York, abortion is permitted in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, with an exception for non-viable fetuses, or to save the life of a mother.

In Colorado, there is no limit on when an abortion can take place, but late-term abortions are rare. Less than 1% of abortions in the United States occur after 21 weeks of gestation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The Frontier fact-checked this claim about Colorado earlier this year and found it true, but misleading.

Source: The Frontier FactCheck on 2022 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race , Oct 21, 2022

Prohibit abortion from conception with minimal exceptions

HB4327: prohibiting performance of abortion except under certain conditions; requiring test to meet specified criteria.

Tulsa World summary 6/1/23: House Bill 4327 was described at the time of its passage as the strictest abortion ban in the country. It would have prohibited abortion at conception and allowed for civil suits where a plaintiff could be awarded a minimum of $10,000. It had exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of sexual assault or rape that has been reported to law enforcement. The Oklahoma Supreme Court found by a 6-3 vote that House Bill 4327 was unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court noted that a pregnant woman has an inherent right to terminate a pregnancy when necessary to preserve her life [in cases other than reported rape].

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 35-10-3 on Apr/28/22; passed House 73-16-11 on May/19/22; Signed by Gov. Stitt on May/25/22; Declared unconstitutional by Oklahoma Supreme Court on May/31/23

Source: Tulsa World on Oklahoma Legislative voting records HB4327 , May 25, 2022

We'll protect the rights of unborn children

We'll protect the rights of unborn children and stand up for the personal and religious freedoms of Oklahomans!
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Oklahoma legislature , Feb 1, 2021

Ban abortions except rape, incest or to save life of mother

Stitt said he would sign legislation banning or restricting abortion, even if it would violate abortion rights granted by the US Supreme Court in two major decisions. Stitt says he would sign every piece of anti-abortion legislation that came to him.

Stitt responded at the forum, "No I wouldn't sign that. I believe that life begins at conception and I am going to protect life every single day that I'm governor." Asked last week what he meant by his response, Stitt said he may have misunderstood the question. "From the very beginning, I've said that I'm pro-life and I am going to sign legislation that hits my desk to protect life," Stitt said in an interview. "So I will continue to say that."

At an earlier forum, Stitt said that he would only appoint justices to the Oklahoma Supreme Court that shared his views on abortion. "So as governor, I will make sure we get pro-life justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and then I'll sign every piece of pro-life legislation that hits my desk," he said.

Source: Press-Reader on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race , Jul 15, 2018

Human life begins at conception

As a Christian and father of six, Kevin knows that there is no gift more precious than a child. Kevin Stitt is strongly pro-life. He believes human life begins at conception and he will fight to protect the rights of the unborn in Oklahoma and across the nation.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial website StittForGovernor.com , Jul 4, 2018

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