Nets Meltdown 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: Let’s get to the abortion fight. Oklahoma’s legislative body has passed what will be the most restrictive abortion ban. This prohibits abortions at any stage after conception. Like Texas, Oklahoma now relies upon private lawsuits for enforcement. Rachel Scott. 

RACHEL SCOTT: A bill that would ban almost all abortions starting at conception in Oklahoma is headed to Governor Scott, who has pledged to sign it. 

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

SCOTT. The bill has narrow exceptions for the protection of the mother as well as in cases of rape or incest. However, they must be 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 SEARMAN (OH): The goal is to protect the unborn child. Therefore, I think that it’s acceptable for us to put in an exception in such a situation. 

SCOTT: Today, however, Kamala Harris, the Vice President of Kamala Harris called it outlandish. 

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

SCOTT: Oklahoma’s law takes inspiration from Texas’ and gives private citizens the right to sue those who help or aid in abortion. What is the reward? Minimum $10,000 It will be effective immediately after it has been signed. David, all of this while the Supreme Court stands poised to repeal Roe V. Wade. Twenty-six state would prohibit abortion, or severely limit access to it, if that happened. Thirteen states could do the same almost instantly. David? 

CBS Evening News
Eastern at 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 passed an anti-abortion law that prohibits abortion starting at the time of fertilization. It is the most restrictive law the nation. This is Jan Crawford from CBS with all the details.  

JANCRAWFORD. The legislation would prevent abortions at any time during pregnancy, barring the need to save lives or for incest. The legislation would be effective immediately upon Governor Kevin Stitt signing it. He has already stated that he would. 


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, however, closed the door to abortion last month by enacting its six-week ban. The current ban would prohibit abortions before six weeks. Other conservative states will likely overturn Roe V. Wade. More than twelve already have “trigger laws” that could ban or significantly restrict abortion in the event of Roe being overturned by the Supreme Court. Kamala Harris, the Vice President of America met today virtually with providers of abortion services in these states shortly 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. How soon could this happen? 

Crawford: It’s almost been two weeks now since that draft of an opinion that was leaked showed that at the very least a majority among the justices wanted to reverse 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 says that there’s been an increase in violent threats to abortion-related violence. This means the courts and justices have additional security. 

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

CRAWFORD: Potentially.

NBC Nightly News
Eastern at 7:10 p.m.

LESTER HOLTL: Oklahoma may soon adopt the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. State legislators passed a bill that bans abortion at fertilization today. However, there are some exceptions that could save the life or protect the rights of the mother. The bill is expected to be signed by Oklahoma’s Republican Governor.

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