OK Governor Rejects 'Immoral' Leftist Narrative on Poverty and Abortion

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appears with host Shannon Bream on "Fox News Sunday." Credit: Twitter/Fox News

Ever since news broke about the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court that appears to be moving toward striking down some or all of Roe v. Wade, Democrats have been scrambling to codify the murder of children in the womb into federal law. We saw the abject failure of one attempt at this in the Senate last week, when legislation known as the Women’s Health Protection Act came up for a vote, which Chuck Schumer demanded take place for political purposes. As we reported, it went down in flames, 51-49, with one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia voting with Republicans.


At the same time, states and their executive branches are looking toward what should be in place when the rescinding of the abortion law happens.

One such state lawmaker is Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, who spoke about his state’s plans during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Host Shannon Bream asked him about a new measure Stitt signed into law in Oklahoma, similar to the one in Texas, that would make criminally liable “anyone who attempts, completes or facilitates an abortion. This could be including someone who pays for one after a heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks.”

She also pointed out that the law has no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, and wondered how he might address the situation of “a victim [who] may not know at six weeks that she is pregnant.”

Gov. Stitt put it this way:

Well, first off, super compassionate about that. I have daughters, cannot even imagine what that would be like and that hardship.

But you have to choose — that is a human being inside the womb. And we’re going to — we’re going to do everything we can to protect life and love both the mother and the child. And we don’t think that killing one to protect another is the right thing to do either.

And our heart is super compassionate about that. We want the churches, we want all the services, the state, the nonprofits to come around with adoption services and that is — that’s super, super hard. And we’re going to do everything we can to help them.

But aborting that child, we don’t think, is the right thing to do.


One false narrative that many pro-abortion advocates and their media cohorts try to spread is that Republicans only care about babies before they’re born — but couldn’t care less about any of the potential financial straits of raising a child, when a woman chooses not to have an abortion.

On Sunday, Bream rattled off some statistics about Oklahoma, as a preface to a question on that narrative.

So, in Oklahoma, to look at the stats of what a woman is facing there with a child, 21.3 percent of children live below the poverty line, 71 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children, and Oklahoma ranked 42nd overall in child wellbeing.

She then asked him about a Washington Post op-ed article titled, “The GOP Roars About Abortion, Then They Abandon the Children,” and solicited what Oklahoma might do to help women who they’re “advising to carry through on these pregnancies, when they are up against some real challenges.”


The governor didn’t mince words about the immorality and sheer dishonesty of the leftist tactic.

Well, I mean, here’s the deal. Is the answer to the socialist Democrat left to abort poor kids? I mean, that’s just ridiculous to even kind of quote those types of stats.

We have a free market in Oklahoma. We believe that God has a special plan for every single life and every single child, and we want everybody to have the same opportunities in Oklahoma. And aborting a child is not the right answer.

As we reported earlier on Sunday, like Pres. Joe Biden, who made remarks at the White House, and governors across the country, Gov. Stitt set aside today in honor of the fallen law enforcement officers of our nation on Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Today, I’ve ordered all flags on State property lowered to half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day.

May those who made the ultimate sacrifice never be forgotten.

As Governor, I will always stand with those who protect and hold that thin blue line.



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