Oklahoma’s new Attorney General John O’Connor has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, rules that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.
O’Connor wants Roe v. Wade and its follow-up case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey to be overturned.
Attorneys General from 24 states signed onto the brief, which claims that Roe v. Wade is not grounded in the Constitution and has distorted other areas of the law.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains CEO and interim president Emily Wales issued a statement following the brief.
“We’re disappointed but not surprised that Gov. Stitt signed on to a brief calling for an end to abortion access in this country. However, the fact that this amicus brief isn’t about health care and is instead all about power is something we all should find shocking. It’s ludicrous to claim that different rights for people across state lines would ‘de-escalate’ the abortion debate. This has never been about health care: it’s about control, stigmatizing abortion, and overturning Roe v. Wade.”