On Monday, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution that declared abortion to be murder, as well as lambasting the Supreme Court for having allowed women to seek elective abortions, according to reports from a local Oklahoma City station, Kfor.com.
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House Resolution 1004 encourages “every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop murder of unborn children by abortion; directing Oklahoma judges not to interfere with Legislature’s right to clarify Oklahoma criminal law; and directing distribution.”
Republican Rep. Chuck Strohm wrote the resolution, which demands demands public officials to “stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”
Strohm asked Monday: “What happens when a court — and not just any court but the highest court in the land — violates the most basic law known to mankind — the right to life?” He cited the 10th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution before saying, “No one — not a doctor, not a father or a mother — has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child. Simply, [the Supreme Court] had no authority to do what they did.”
The resolution passed the House on a voice vote and is considered a statement of policy that doesn’t carry any legal weight. It does, however, specifically accuse the Supreme Court of “overstepp[ing] its authority and jurisdiction by offering opinions” in two paramount cases that sought to protect a woman’s right to make decisions about her reproductive health: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
According to the resolution, “all human life is protected by God’s law,” and the Constitution mandates that “no state shall deprive any human being of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law.”
The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights group that tracks state laws pertaining to the procedure, there are currently only five facilities that offer abortions in Oklahoma.
The state already has harsh laws in place regulating abortions. Currently, a woman must first receive counseling and then wait 72 hours to think about her decision before receiving an abortion — as if the decision weren’t already difficult enough. Furthermore, abortions after the 20 week mark are banned, unless a significant risk is posed to the mother’s life. Minors are also unable to receive abortions in the state without parental consent. Public funding for abortion is only available in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
To learn more about the laws pertaining to abortion in your state, visit the Guttmacher Institute at this link.
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