Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Another Henry Veto, on Abortion Reporting Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 25, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Another Henry Veto, on Abortion Reporting Bill

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 25
, 2010

Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — The Oklahoma state legislature has voted to override a third veto from Governor Brad Henry of a pro-life bill to limit abortions. This time, the state House and Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would provide for better abortion reporting so state officials can work on reducing abortions.

The Senate voted 33-15 today to override Henry’s veto of the Statistical Abortion Reporting Act after the state House voted to do so on Monday 84-13.

Several pro-life Democrats went against their party’s governor to join pro-life Republicans in voting to override Henry. House Bill 3284 goes into effect November 1.

Henry spokesman Paul Sund said the veto was "disappointing," adding "Every veto override just triggers more lawsuits and legal bills for taxpayers. Similar abortion laws passed by the Legislature were challenged and thrown out by the courts last year, and the latest versions are probably headed for the same fate."

Sen. Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, was the lone Republican voting against the veto override and he cited false claims by abortion advocates that personal information would somehow make its way into state computers, even though it is all redacted.

The measure has the support of pro-life groups as Tony Lauinger of Oklahomans for Life told LifeNews.com previously: "Knowing why women seek abortions may make it possible to solve underlying problems. The reporting of complications will allow an assessment of the untested claim that abortion is ‘safe.’"

Rep. Pam Peterson, a Republican from Tulsa who sponsored the bill, told the Associated Press that media outlets and abortion advocates have been "misreporting" that women’s personal information would be collected and shown on a web site, which is not true.

"If we really want to make abortions safe, legal and rare, we need this statistical reporting,” Peterson said, challenging the common pro-abortion mantra.

Two other bills Henry vetoed have been overturned — including one allowing women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion and another that prevents wrongful birth lawsuits against physicians for not suggesting an abortion of a disabled baby.

A similar bill passed last year but it was combined with other pro-life bills into one measure and courts struck it down as violating state law requiring every bill to deal with just one subject even though they all concerned abortion.

ACTION: Complain to Governor Henry at https://www.gov.ok.gov/index.php

Related web sites:
Oklahoma Governor – https://www.gov.ok.gov/index.php
Oklahomans for Life – https://www.OkForLife.org

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