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Finally on this day in 2004, after seven days of deliberation that involved the replacement of two jurors, Scott Peterson was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife and the second-degree murder of his unborn son. He was unemotional during the reading of the verdict, which was greeted with cheers and celebration by Laci’s friends in the audience and the hundreds of supporters waiting outside the courthouse.
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 20 (UPI) -- In a move that came as a surprise to many, Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday rejected a bill that tried to make performing abortions in the state a felony offense, punishable by as many as three years in prison.
Bill 1552 was passed by the state senate Thursday and the House last month. The proposed law sought to punish and strip the licenses of physicians convicted of terminating pregnancies, except in cases that threaten the life of the mother.
Fallin, who calls herself the "most pro-life governor in the nation," was expected by many to approve the bill, making her veto a substantial surprise.
"The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered 'necessary to preserve the life of the mother,'" Fallin said in a statement Friday. "The absence of any definition, analysis or medical standard renders this exception vague, indefinite and vulnerable to subjective interpretation and application."
Opponents of the bill said it was in direct conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Annee
They had an interesting legal argument for the law. It dealt with professional medical standards, which are established by the state. That legal argument has never been used before so it would make its way through the courts.
originally posted by: syrinx high priest
why is it republicans are always yammering on about smaller government, then they pass laws like this ?