Oklahoma Politicians Describe Stances On Roe v. Wade Ahead Of Primary Election 


Monday, June 27th 2022, 10:36 am


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, several candidates are urging Oklahomans to cast their vote ahead of Tuesday’s primary election ballet. 

Governor Kevin Stitt celebrated the SCOTUS decision and also said he kept his promise to make Oklahoma the most anti-abortion state.  

Stitt will run against five other challengers for governor.  

Of those five, three are Republicans. Mark Sherwood is the only to publicly applaud the fall of Roe v. Wade.  

Sherwood also said he thinks Oklahoma can be "even more conservative" during a podcast appearance.  

Moira McCabe's website states "Pro-Life" under the platform tab and said she wants to "ease the abortion debate by helping make birth control more available."  

The third gubernatorial GOP candidate, Joel Kintsel, has not made his abortion stance clear on his social media or website, but his website describes him as a "Ronald Reagan Republican." 

Both Democrat candidates, Joy Hofmeister and Connie Johnson, have said they are in favor og abortion rights and will fight to get them back.  

While the governor can sign bills into laws, some nonprofit organizers said local voters should be interested in county district attorney races. 

"The very first action that voters can do right now is get involved in local DA races. District attorneys are going to play a major role in the prosecution of pregnancies or those that are ending their pregnancies," ACLU Oklahoma executive director Tamaya Cox-Touré said.

Seven County District Attorney races will take place Tuesday. The races will be held in Haskell, Lincoln, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Pittsburg and Pottawatomie counties. 

Almost all 14 Republicans running for Sen. Jim Inhofe's seat praised the fall of Roe v. Wade.  

Three of the four Democrats felt the opposite. Democratic candidate Ayra Azma along with three GOP candidates -- Jessica Jean Garrison, Michael Coibion, and Laura Moreno -- have not made their stances public. 

Sen. James Lankford is anti-abortion. His competitor, Jackson Lehmeyer, also celebrated the overturn of Roe v. Wade.  

The third candidate, Joan Farr, doesn't publicly declare she's anti-abortion. According to her website, she believes laws should reinforce Christian principles.  

She's also registered to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.