Oklahoma Pro-life Republicans Keep Passing Trash Bills that Don’t Abolish Abortion

(Free the States) Every session in recent years in Oklahoma has ended with “pro-life victories” which do nothing to abolish abortion. These bills serve to provide Senators with anti-abortion credibility to help them get reelected while the same Senators are preventing the abolition of abortion. Last year, it was SB614, HB 2765, and HB2591. This year, the first to be passed by both chambers is SB1728, the “Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act.”

This is not a bill to ban abortion. It does not do a single thing to establish justice for preborn children. SB1728 allows the mother who had the abortion or the grandparents of the murdered child to sue the abortionist if the abortionist violates an abortion regulation; for instance if the abortionist fails to document parental consent or judicial bypass before murdering the child of a minor, if the abortionist fails to obtain and document compliance with informed consent regulations, or if the abortionist fails to document that they screened the mother for impaired judgement, among a few other regulatory violations.

Language in this bill relating to the “unborn person” is good language, but, tragically, is used schizophrenically. If the unborn child really is a person, why doesn’t SB1728 treat them as a person? If you’re going to call a bill “the Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act,” logically, that should be a bill to treat unborn children like all the rest of us. But SB1728 absolutely does not treat unborn human beings like people. Senate Bill 1728 fully affirms the legality of the practice of murdering unborn children. It simply provides the abortionist with a few hoops to jump through to make the unborn person’s death rightful.

On March 9th, Senator David Bullard, the author of SB1728, made a shocking admission about his bill on the Senate floor. Responding to a question from Senator Joseph Silk, Bullard said not only is providing a checklist for abortionists all his bill does, but further, he admitted his belief that providing abortionists a pre-murder checklist is the best possible way to protect preborn children.

This is, of course, absurd. The best thing to do to protect unborn children is to write a law treating unborn human beings as fully equal to born human beings. Senator Bullard and his colleagues are legislators. Their job is to be God’s deacon of wrath against the evil-doer. Their job is to write just laws. Their responsibility is to uphold justice, even if a superior is telling them not to. The bill to do exactly that (The Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act) has been in the Oklahoma Senate since 2016, and every year, it is killed. In its place, legislators put forward new incremental compromise bills every year that regulate murder and do nothing to establish justice. These bills don’t even accomplish what we’re told they accomplish. Abortions have increased in Oklahoma in recent years despite the abortion regulations passed every session!

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Editors Note. This post was written by James Silberman and posted at Free the States. Title changed by PNP News


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