Oklahoma House Votes for Resolution Condemning Radical Pro-Abortion FOCA Bill
by Steven Ertelt
March 17, 2009
Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — The Oklahoma state House has joined legislatures in other states passing a resolution condemning the Freedom of Choice Act. That is the Congressional bill pro-life advocates expect to be filed soon to make unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy the national law.
Top abortion advocates in Congress have indicated they plan to introduce FOCA soon and make it a top priority.
Drawing the ire of state legislators, FOCA would also overturn hundreds of pro-life laws states have approved that have helped reduce abortions to record levels.
Rep. Sally Kern introduced House Joint Resolution 1009 and it declares that the Oklahoma legislature strongly opposes the federal Freedom of Choice Act and urges United States Congress to summarily reject it.
President Barack Obama has promised that one of his top priorities is to pass a so-called Freedom of Choice Act that would classify abortion as a fundamental right similar to the right to free speech," Kern noted.
Any legislation that would undermine the right to life is strongly opposed by the vast majority of Oklahomans and this resolution will send that message to Washington," she added.
HJR 1009 says the Oklahoma legislature opposes the federal Freedom of Choice Act because it seeks to circumvent the states general legislative authority as guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and would undermine the right and responsibility of the states and the people to debate, vote on, and determine abortion policy."
The measure also says the protection of womens health through state regulations on abortion is a compelling state interest that should not be nullified by Congress.
Oklahoma has enacted many common-sense laws in recent years that are supported by the vast majority of citizens the federal government should not stifle the voice of the people as expressed through their elected legislators, Kern said.
The national pro-life group Americans United for Life drafted the resolution and the organization says the federal Freedom of Choice Act would invalidate more than 550 federal and state abortion-related laws, such as Oklahomas law requiring parental notification before an abortion may be performed on an underage girl.
That law was passed, in part, to prevent child molesters from covering up evidence of their crime, the group says.
HJR 1009 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 77-12 vote and now it heads to the state Senate for consideration.
While the resolution doesn’t have the force of law, it is a way for state lawmakers to opine on Congressional activity.
In Missouri, Springfield Rep. Bob Dixon introduced a resolution that 110 House members have signed onto as sponsors condemning FOCA.
"The vast majority of Missourians will agree that any federal legislation that would encourage partial-birth abortion or invalidate any current state laws dealing with partial-birth abortion should never be given serious consideration," Dixon said.
"We hope to send a message to our federal delegation that we are counting on them to do the right thing," he added.
The Missouri House eventually approved its resolution on a 116-40 vote in February.
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