Oklahoma House lawmakers declared Jan. 22 to be a Day of Tears for aborted babies and encouraged flags to be lowered to half-staff in a special resolution Tuesday.
The vote to adopt House Concurrent Resolution 1014, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland, occurred on the same day that the state legislature passed a bill to ban abortions in Oklahoma.
Olsen’s resolution recognizes Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, “as the Day of Tears in Oklahoma” and encourages state residents to lower their flags to half-staff “to mourn the innocent, preborn children who have lost their lives due to abortion.”
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies have been legally aborted in the U.S. The resolution criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for allowing so many innocent children to die by “erroneously” ruling that abortion is a right in the Constitution.
In Oklahoma, about 4,000 unborn babies are aborted every year, according to state health statistics. But that number may be growing. Abortion facilities say they have been seeing more women come from Texas for abortions since the state heartbeat law went into effect last September, the Associated Press reports.
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All across the country, state lawmakers have introduced hundreds of pro-life bills this year in anticipation that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe. Since 1973, states have been forced to legalize abortions without limits up to viability, and more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed.
The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortions” if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe. Researchers estimated that abortion numbers would drop by about 120,000 in the first year and potentially even more in subsequent years if the high court allows states to ban abortions again.