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Oklahoma's 'pro-life' governor unexpectedly vetoes new abortion bill

Proponent Dahm is now looking into legislative options to override the governor's veto

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin walks on the floor of the Oklahoma House in Oklahoma City in this May 18, 2016, photo. Gov. Fallin has vetoed legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state.

Oklahoma’s Republican governor on Friday evening vetoed a bill that would have criminalized performing abortions in the state.

In a statement explaining her veto, Gov. Mary Fallin said SB 1552’s exemption for threat to the life of the mother was “vague” and “ambiguous.”

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’ ” she said.

The governor, who is considered a potential running mate to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, previously claimed to have signed every piece of pro-life legislation to reach her desk.

State Sen. Nathan Dahm, a Republican who authored the bill, said he was surprised by Ms. Fallin’s decision, based on her strong pro-life record.

This article continues at [Washington Times] Mary Fallin, Oklahoma governor, vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

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