Oklahoma senate’s pro-life legislation upsets pro-abortionists
The Oklahoma Senate overrode recently a veto by Governor Brad Henry and set into law restrictions on abortion, setting off a string of protests by pro-abortion clinics and advocates.
According to the Christian Telegraph, pro-life bills HB2780 and HB2656 were passed by the Oklahoma senate.
HB 2780 states that one hour before their abortion, all women must undergo an ultrasound so that the sonographer can give a detailed explanation of the results.
Earlier, Governor Henry vetoed the bill calling it a violation of privacy which could cause physical and mental trauma to the patient, the Christian Telegraph said.
Linda Meek, manager of Reproductive Services, an abortion clinic, said patients have shed tears in the ultrasound room but still went through with an abortion, the Associated Press said.
Pro-life advocates say the law gives women access to all information about their choice.
Rep. Lisa Billy, who sponsored the bill, said women should have the choice to see the image and added that complete information will empower them, the Christian Telegraph said.
The same report said that recently, studies by Live Action discovered that oftentimes some abortion clinics give women incomplete or wrong information about the stages of development of the unborn fetus.
Others who support the bill say it is one way to protect the life of the unborn child and to prevent psychological trauma to pregnant women.
The second bill, HB2656, prohibits “wrongful life” lawsuits.
These are suits which women file against their doctors if they give birth to children with abnormalities. The basis of such claims is that the doctor did not inform them in advance, which would have allowed them to abort their child, according to MercuryNews.com.
The Christian Telegraph said other pro-life bills recently passed in Oklahoma and signed by Governor Henry are:
• SB1891 or the Freedom of Conscience Act for health care workers who do not want to perform or participate in abortions.
• SB1902 which says only doctors can give patients the abortion drug RU-486.
• HB3075, which protects women from forced abortions.
• SB1890 which bans abortions based on the baby’s sex.