by Steven Ertelt
April 7, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — Last week, the Oklahoma House approved a bill with several pro-life measures on a 80-12 vote and now pro-life advocates are urging the Senate to follow suit. The bill passed the House last Wednesday, but the Senate poses a more difficult challenge, Oklahoma pro-life leader Tony Lauinger tells LifeNews.com.
The bill, SB 1878, combines several measures previously passed by the House.
It includes protection for the conscience rights of health care professionals to refuse to participate in abortions, puts more limits in place on the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, and makes sure women are not pressured or forced into having an abortion.
The measure also includes an ultrasound provision to allow women to see pictures of their unborn child and hopefully seek alternatives and it disallows so-called wrongful life lawsuits where parents can sue doctors for the birth of a disabled baby instead of suggesting an abortion.
"The unborn child needs every bit of help we can give," Lauinger, the head of Oklahomans for Life, told LifeNews.com.
He said the "pro-life bill helps pregnant women, unborn children, pro-life health-care professionals, and persons with disabilities" and is urging pro-life Oklahoma residents to call or email their state senators to urge support for the bill.
Lauinger also said it is "vital that Governor Brad Henry hear from pro-life Oklahomans urging him to sign SB 1878 into law."
Related web sites:
Oklahomans for Life – https://www.okforlife.org