Oklahoma House lawmakers passed a resolution Monday calling on state officials to recognize the act of aborting an unborn baby as murder, the Tulsa World reports.
State House Resolution 1004, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Strohm, states that the U.S. Supreme Court wrongly decided Roe v. Wade and that unborn babies deserve protection under the law.
It directs “every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop murder of unborn children by abortion” and state judges “not to interfere with the legislature’s right to clarify Oklahoma criminal law regarding abortion.”
The resolution passed in a voice vote Monday, and is “considered a statement of policy” that “does not carry the weight of law,” according to the report.
Unfortunately, because of the precedents set in Roe v. Wade and the current make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court, states’ efforts to protect all unborn babies from abortions are thwarted in the courts.
Because of Roe, American abortion laws are similar to those in countries like China and North Korea. The U.S. is one of just a handful of countries in the world that allows late-term abortions for any reason. Most other countries have laws restricting or banning abortions. The deadly decision has allowed more than 58 million unborn babies’ lives to be unjustly taken in the past four decades.
Roe, a decision made by all male justices in 1973, stands in the way of life-protecting laws that most Americans support. That’s why overturning the deadly decision Roe v. Wade has been a key strategy of pro-life groups for decades.
Though the Oklahoma resolution does not change the law, it is an important reminder to society that unborn babies are valuable human beings who should be protected in the law.