Nets Melt Down Over Oklahoma Abortion Ban, Pending Roe Decision

With the Supreme Court’s apparent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade expected any day now, the leftist media continue to meltdown over the prospect while turning their ire against conservative states that are passing laws to limit or ban abortions within their jurisdictions. 

On Thursday evening all three evening news broadcasts ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News NBC Nightly NewsSegments were devoted to Oklahoma’s newest target in national abortion firestorm. 

“Tonight in Oklahoma, a bill banning almost all abortions from the moment of conception heading to the Governor, who has vowed to sign it” ABC’s congressional correspondent Rachel Scott wailed before interrogating the bill’s author state representative Wendi Stearman. 

Scott snarked to Stearman: “Critics say, why not make exceptions to cover all of those instances, especially when rape and incest are so underreported?” She proceeded to correct Scott’s misinformation by explaining “the goal of this is to protect the child, the unborn child. So, I believe that putting in the exception as we have it is acceptable in this situation.” 



Getting one last dig in, Scott huffed that “the Oklahoma bill takes a page out of the Texas playbook, empowering private citizens to sue anyone who aids or abets an abortion.”  

Scott ended her incredibly petulant report by noting if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade “twenty-six states would either ban abortion or severely restrict access to it. And thirteen states would do it almost immediately.” 

Meanwhile, CBS Evening News threw a hissyfit over the Oklahoma bill as well, with national legal correspondent Jan Crawford repeating many of the same talking points as ABC’s Rachel Scott and worried how “other conservative states are considering similar laws” and bemoaned how “more than a dozen already have so-called trigger laws that would immediately ban or greatly restrict abortion if the court overturns Roe.” 

More than one NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt only dedicated twenty seconds to the topic but struck much of the same tone when kvetching how the Oklahoma bill will be “the strictest abortion law in the country.” 

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To read the relevant transcripts of each segment click “expand”: 

ABC’s World News Tonight
Eastern at 6:41:58

DAVID MURIR: The abortion debate is now. Oklahoma’s legislative body has passed the tightest abortion ban. This prohibits abortions at any stage after conception. Like Texas, Oklahoma now relies upon private lawsuits for enforcement. Rachel Scott. 

RACHEL SOTT: Today in Oklahoma, the Governor has signed a bill prohibiting almost all abortions beginning at the point of conception. 

GOV. KEVIN STITT: We would like to ban abortion in Oklahoma. 

SCOTT: This bill contains narrow exceptions to protect the mother’s life and to deal with cases of incest and rape, provided they are reported to law enforcement. Wendi Stearman, a state representative, was my guest as I discussed the bill with him. 

Critics suggest that exceptions should be made to include all instances of rape or incest, even though they are often underreported. 

REP. WENDI WEARMAN: This is to help the child and the unborn child. In this circumstance, it seems acceptable to me that we allow the exception. 

SCOTT: However, today Vice President Kamala Harris calls it absurd. 

KAMALA HARIRIS: This is just one of a number of extremely harsh laws in the country. 

SCOTT: Oklahoma’s law takes inspiration from Texas’s playbook and empowers private citizens who help or aid in abortion to sue others. What is the reward? Minimum $10,000 The agreement will go into effect as soon as it’s signed. David, this is all happening as the Supreme Court prepares to uphold Roe v. Wade. Twenty-six of the 26 states that would ban or restrict abortion access would do so if it happened. Thirteen states could do the same almost instantly. David? 

CBS Evening News
Eastern, 6:40:28

NORAH O’DONNELL: Alright, now to the fight over abortion rights ahead of a landmark Supreme Court decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Oklahoma lawmakers have passed an antiabortion bill that bans abortions from the point of fertilization. This would make it the most restrictive law anywhere in the country. The details are provided by Jan Crawford, CBS.  

JAN CRAWFORD – The law would ban abortion in any stage of pregnancy, except for saving a woman’s lives or when it is necessary to incest or rape. The legislation would be effective immediately upon Governor Kevin Stitt signing it. He has already stated that he will. 


CRAWFORD – The law is more restrictive than the Texas ban on abortion after six weeks and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers for $10,000. It’s in effect while challenged in court, causing some Texas women to seek abortions in Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma shut that door when it passed its own six-week ban last month. The current ban would prohibit abortions before six weeks. Other conservative states will likely overturn Roe V. Wade. Over a dozen have already passed so-called trigger legislation that would prohibit or significantly restrict abortion immediately if Roe were to be overturned by the Supreme Court. Kamala Harris, the Vice President of America met today virtually with providers in these states to discuss abortion after Oklahoma had passed its nearly-total ban. 

KAMALA HARRIS – It is outrageous and the latest of a number of extremely harsh laws in the country. 

O’DONNELL: And Jan joins us now. There was a lot of excitement about the Supreme Court decision. What time could it be? 

CRAWFORD – Well, it has been almost two weeks since the draft of that opinion was leaked. It showed that at least some point, at most, a majority (or more) of the justices had decided to repeal Roe v. Wade. We don’t know when the final decision will be made. It could happen at any time. We also don’t know what the final vote’s going to look like or whether one of the justices may have changed their minds. Norah reports that in the interim, Norah has seen a marked increase in violence related to abortion. Therefore, the court and justices now have extra security. 

O’DONNELL – But, a decision could be made as quickly as Monday. 

CRAWFORD: Potentially.

NBC Nightly News
Eastern, 7:10:55

LESTER HOLT – Oklahoma is about to adopt one of the most stringent abortion laws in America. A bill that would ban abortion during fertilization was approved by the state legislature today. Some exceptions were made to protect the life and safety of mothers, or to deal with cases of incest and rape that have been reported to police. The bill is expected to be signed by Oklahoma’s Republican Governor.

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