The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an initiative petition to outlaw abortion.
It ruled the proposal would violate U.S. Supreme Court rulings and that the state court “is not free to impose its own view of the law.”
T. Russell Hunter, the Norman man behind the petition, said the ruling did not surprise him.
“It’s exactly what we expected them to do, gag the abolitionists’ petition, deny the people of Oklahoma the right to circulate and vote on a constitutional amendment,” he said. “They ruled it was unconstitutional based on prior rulings and not an interpretation of the Constitution itself.”