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Podcast: Pro-Life Legislation Passes Senate

April 10, 2008

Click here to listen to Sen. Lamb urge members to support SB 1878

An omnibus pro-life bill passed the Oklahoma State Senate Wednesday with a bipartisan vote.

Senate Bill 1878 by Senator Todd Lamb (R-Edmond), and Representative Pam Peterson (R-Tulsa), contains several pro-life initiatives, passing the Senate with a vote of 38-10.

By combining various pieces of legislation from Senator Lamb and members of the House of Representatives, Senate Bill 1878 now does the following:

  • Creates the Freedom of Conscience Act which protects the rights of healthcare providers to refuse to take part in the destruction of human life (SB 1878—Sen. Lamb, Rep. Peterson)
  • Regulates the use of the dangerous chemical pill RU-486, used when the unborn child is about two months old (HB 2181—Rep. McNiel)
  • Ensures the mother’s consent to abort is truly voluntary, and protects against coerced abortions (HB 3059—Sen. Williamson, Rep. Hamilton)
  • Provides a woman with an ultrasound of her unborn child which she can view prior to undergoing the abortion (HB 3144—Sen. Lamb, Rep. Billy)
  • Cultivates respect for disabled children by banning the wrongful-life lawsuits that claim a baby would have been better off aborted (HB 2814—Sen. Crain, Rep. Sullivan)

Senator Lamb:

The provisions spelled out in this legislation are critical pro-life advances. Working with pro-life members of the House and Senate to protect the sanctity of life and develop this comprehensive bill has been an honor. I am encouraged by the bipartisan support to protect innocent life today in the Senate.

Representative Peterson:

I appreciate the Senate’s swift action and hope Governor Henry will quickly sign the bill into law. The legislation enacts several common-sense reforms respecting the sanctity of life that have been embraced by members of both political parties…[Noting that four women serving in the Legislature authored provisions of Senate Bill 1878] This legislation is pro-woman, pro-child and pro-life. The more information a woman can have before making this life-altering decision, the better. I hope Governor Henry will do the right thing this year and sign this legislation into law.

Last year, Henry vetoed pro-life legislation that would have prevented taxpayer funds from being used for elective abortions. When the measure was revived and approved by veto-proof margins, the governor let the bill become law without his signature.

The next stop for Senate Bill 1878 will be the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Sen. Leftwich Bill Creating Harsher Penalties for Attacks on Pregnant Women Clears first Senate Hurdle

March 27, 2008

Legislation to strengthen penalties for assaulting a pregnant woman has cleared its first hurdle in the State Senate. Sen. Debbe Leftwich (D-OKC), who is Senate author of House Bill 1897 approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary, said:

Domestic violence is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. Oklahoma needs to do more to address such violence before it results in the death of a woman and her baby.

Leftwich said recent headlines underscored that grim statistic. Eric Kennedy Phan is awaiting trial in the murder of 20-year-old Lauren Barnes and her unborn baby. Last November, Phan talked Barnes into meeting her at a Bethany Park after she had told his girlfriend he was the father of her unborn child.

Lauren had told her little sister she was scared he would ‘blow up.’ The last her sister ever heard from her was a text message that said ‘Oh God, I think he just pulled up.’ Lauren’s body was found a week later in a shallow grave.

The measure, authored by Rep. Rebecca Hamilton (D-OKC)in the House, would allow felony charges to be filed against a person who assaults a woman and causes her to miscarry. Under the legislation known as the “Scum of the Earth Bill,” a person convicted of beating a woman the attacker knew was pregnant could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail. A person convicted of a second or subsequent offense would be guilty of a felony and face up to ten years in prison. If the attack resulted in a miscarriage or injury to the unborn child, it would be a felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Leftwich added:

More than 3,000 pregnant women in our state are attacked every single year—usually by the father of the baby. While state law does allow us to file double murder charges for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, we ought to be doing more to get that abuser behind bars before it gets to that point.

House Bill 1897 now moves to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Listen to the mp3 here

Oklahomans May be Required to View an Ultrasound Prior to Getting an Abortion…and may Have a Harder time Finding a Doctor to Do It.

March 12, 2008

–Legislation requiring abortion clinics to provide a woman with an ultrasound before terminating her pregnancy passed the House today.

House Bill 3144, by Rep. Lisa Billy, expands on pro-life legislation passed in 2006 that required abortion doctors to tell a woman she had a right to a free ultrasound at an off-site location. This legislation would require the ultrasound to be available at the clinic where the abortion would be performed.

This bill is needed to give women as much information as possible to ensure she does not later regret her decision, said Billy.

“There is nothing more important we can do here in the Legislature than protect the lives of innocent children,” said Billy, R-Purcell. “This bill will further prepare every woman who is about to make a life-altering decision. When a woman has all the information in her hands, she will walk out of that clinic confident in her choice.”

The bill passed the House with a vote of 88-11 and will now move to the Senate for consideration.

The Oklahoma State Senate passed key pro-life legislation that provides protection to pro-life healthcare providers.

Senate Bill 1878 by Senator Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, creates the Freedom of Conscience Act, which protects the rights of healthcare providers to refuse to take part in the destruction of human life.

Protection under this legislation is provided to employees or prospective employees who have objections, based on their religious conviction or moral code, to such scenarios as participating in or performing an abortion, stem cell research, or euthanasia.

“The bipartisan effort made to allow this legislation to pass is to be applauded,” said Senator Lamb. “Pro-life healthcare providers deserve protection for their moral or religious convictions, and Senate Bill 1878 does just that.”

Senate Bill 1878 will now move to the House for consideration.

You Can’t Sue the Doctor Just Because You were Born

March 7, 2008

Legislation banning wrongful-life lawsuits that claim a baby would have been better off being aborted passed the House yesterday.

House Bill 2814, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, would make it clear that an Oklahoman couldn’t sue a doctor, claiming the physician should have counseled a mother to abort her child. Sullivan said the legislation fosters respect for babies with disabilities. Dan Sullivan:

This ensures there can’t be a lawsuit just because you were born.

A lawsuit would not be affected if the doctor is negligent in any way, said Sullivan.

The bill passed the House 92-0 and will now go to the Senate for consideration.

WRS Conducts Family Research Council Poll

January 24, 2008

New Poll: Americans Oppose Abortion Coverage in “Universal Health Care Plans”

From frcblog.com:

FRC Action, the legislative action arm of Family Research Council, has released the results of a commissioned national survey showing that a clear majority of voters would be less likely to support a candidate who proposes a national health care plan that includes universal abortion coverage. The scientific survey by Wilson Research Strategies asked the following question of 801 likely voters: “If a candidate for the Presidency proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense, would you be more or less likely to vote for that candidate?”

A clear majority of voters (56%) signaled that they would be “less likely” to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage compared to (31%) who would be “more likely” to support such a candidate. Intensity runs strongest among those opposed to the idea, with 45% indicating they would be “much less likely” to vote in favor of a candidate whose plan forced taxpayers to pay for abortion, compared to 19% who would be “much more likely” to endorse such a candidate. Opposition to universal abortion coverage crossed nearly every demographic including sex, race, region, and age.

Some of the poll’s most interesting findings include the following: Read more…

Democratic Activists Angry With Gumm & Hamilton

May 25, 2007


Democratic activists are angry with two of their legislators this week over the abortion issue. We reported Wednesday that demonstrators held signs in front of Rep. Rebecca Hamilton’s fundraiser Tuesday evening, calling for her censorship and accusing her of “Sleeping with the Enemy”.

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm raised the ire of the party faithful with his post on our Legislators’ blog titled: A “Poison” in the Body Politic. In the controversial post, Sen. Gumm writes:

Abortion was the other issue on which my position of conscience caused great anger, and to some degree disproves any suggestion that I make votes based partisan politics. I supported, and then helped resurrect, a bill that would prevent abortions from being performed with taxpayer resources.

That position caused activists in the Democratic Party to become very angry at me, even attempting to reprimand me at the state Democratic Convention. That effort failed because cooler heads prevailed. Again, however, what was missing was a reasoned discussion of the issue.

The following comment is representative of the sentiments expressed by many of those who left comments on the post and on demookie.com.

Jack Boyte said…

Senator Gumm, I was part of the group that voted for the censure resolution at the state convention. It was NOT about womens reproductive rights. It was about the WAY you and Rep. Hamilton went about reviving SB 139 with language from SB 714.

Forty out of forty-four members of the House Democratic caucus asked her not to ‘revive the bill’…and she did anyway. Many feel you encouraged and supported this tactic even though the overwhelming majority of House Democrats opposed the procedure.

I certainly respect your opinion on all issues and commend you for your service. But I feel this specific political maneuvering deserves the condemnation it received.

Demonstraters Picket Hamilton’s Fundraiser

May 23, 2007

OKPNS reported to you yesterday about the demonstration planned at Rep. Rebecca Hamilton’s fundraiser. As you can see, the demonstraters showed up carrying signs with love quotes like: “Censor Rebecca Hamilton Hamilton” and “Sleeping with the Enemy”. All that aside, we wonder how the fundraiser went?

Demonstraters Picket Hamilton’s Fundraiser

May 23, 2007

MOPNS reported to you yesterday about the demonstration planned at Rep. Rebecca Hamilton’s fundraiser. As you can see, the demonstraters showed up carrying signs with love quotes like: “Censor Rebecca Hamilton Hamilton” and “Sleeping with the Enemy”. All that aside, we wonder how the fundraiser went?

Tip Line: Demonstration planned Tonight at Rebecca Hamilton’s Fundraiser

May 22, 2007

The Oklahoma Political News Service received the following email today:

Join the demonstration at Rebecca Hamilton’s fundraiser Tuesday evening

The official invitation reads:

Join Mike Lawter, Dr. Jim Muse amd Former Speaker of the House Steve Lewis In Honoring one of our best Democrats Representative Rebecca Hamilton.

May 22, 2007
Lawter Law Offices
3313 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 7311
Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.”

The outrages are:

1. Steve Lewis is Planned Parenthood’s lobbyist,
2. Rebecca mightily angered her House Democratic Caucus members by conspiring with Republicans and giving them her bill to bring back SB-714 through her bill SB -139 (She was the House author). She forced her colleagues to vote AGAIN on anti-choice bills (8 of them rolled into SB-139) which they had already voted on before.

IF YOU CAN JOIN US, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. BE THERE BY 6:15 AT THE LATEST IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. I’M MAKING APPROPRIATE SIGNS OR BRING YOUR OWN.

THERE’S LOTS OF SPACE AROUND 3313 N. CLASSEN BLVD WHERE WE CAN STAND. I’LL GET A PERMIT FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING. THERE COMES A TIME WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

Tip Line: Demonstration planned Tonight at Rebecca Hamilton’s Fundraiser

May 22, 2007

The Oklahoma Political News Service received the following email today:

Join the demonstration at Rebecca Hamilton’s fundraiser Tuesday evening

The official invitation reads:

Join Mike Lawter, Dr. Jim Muse amd Former Speaker of the House Steve Lewis In Honoring one of our best Democrats Representative Rebecca Hamilton.

May 22, 2007
Lawter Law Offices
3313 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 7311
Reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.”

The outrages are:

1. Steve Lewis is Planned Parenthood’s lobbyist,
2. Rebecca mightily angered her House Democratic Caucus members by conspiring with Republicans and giving them her bill to bring back SB-714 through her bill SB -139 (She was the House author). She forced her colleagues to vote AGAIN on anti-choice bills (8 of them rolled into SB-139) which they had already voted on before.

IF YOU CAN JOIN US, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. BE THERE BY 6:15 AT THE LATEST IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. I’M MAKING APPROPRIATE SIGNS OR BRING YOUR OWN.

THERE’S LOTS OF SPACE AROUND 3313 N. CLASSEN BLVD WHERE WE CAN STAND. I’LL GET A PERMIT FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING. THERE COMES A TIME WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!