Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Three Key Pro-Life Bills Limiting Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
February 12, 2010
Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — An Oklahoma state Senate committee on Thursday approved three key pro-life bills designed to reduce abortions. The measures address legal changes to two state laws that an Oklahoma judge last year tossed out as unconstitutional.
The Oklahoma state Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced Senate Bill 1891 which would protect health care professionals’ freedom of conscience by affirming their right to refuse to participate in the taking of a human life.
They also supported SB 1902, regulating the use of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, which has claimed the lives of more than 13 women worldwide and injured countless others.
And the panel backed SB 1890, which would prohibit abortions that are done for sex-selection reasons.
The three bills had been in a package of legislation the legislature approved last year, but the court determined the bill violated a constitutional requirement that legislation only address one subject even though the bills were all about stopping abortions.
Sen. Todd Lamb, a Republican from Edmond, was the main sponsor of the bills along with other legislators.
"We are protecting health care professionals who refuse to participate in the taking of an innocent human life," Lamb said of the first measure.
The bills enjoyed the support of Oklahomans for Life, the statewide pro-life group that has been working to stop abortions.
The Oklahoma legislature has two other pro-life bills under consideration on the House side.
House Bill 2780 by Rep. Lisa Billy has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and related to women seeing ultrasounds before an abortion.
And House Bill 3284 by Rep. Pam Peterson is also in the committee and it contains abortion reporting requirements to the state so pro-life legislators can know how better to reduce abortions.
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