Legislature in U.S. state declares abortion murder

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A resolution was passed Monday by the House of Representatives in Oklahoma declaring abortion to be murder and castigating U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have allowed women to obtain elective abortions.

Passed on a voice vote without preceding debate, the resolution carries no force of law, yet it specifically indicts the Supreme Court for “overstepp[ing] its authority and jurisdiction” in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, two critical decisions that protected a woman’s right to obtain an abortion.

The resolution implores public officials to “stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion,” and orders the Oklahoma Supreme Court to avoid future cases related to state abortion law.

Strict rules targeted toward limiting the number of abortions in Oklahoma have already been enacted by the state legislature:

  • A woman seeking an abortion must participate in a counseling session and wait 72 hours afterward before obtaining an abortion.
  • Health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act are only allowed to cover abortions when the mother’s life is in danger.
  • Parents of minors pursuing abortions must be notified prior to the procedure.
  • Abortions will not be permitted after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is at risk.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights group that monitors state laws, Oklahoma has only five medical facilities that provide abortion services.

Anti-abortion groups have recently helped push more restrictive legislation in Kentucky and Iowa. Gov. John Kasich (R) of Ohio signed a 20-week abortion ban into law late in 2016, and Gov. Bill Haslam (R) of Tennessee is contemplating approval of a similar ban passed last week by lawmakers.

Pro-abortion advocates are threatening legal action in several states, a move that is welcomed by some anti-abortion groups who hope to see a lawsuit make it to the Supreme Court where the Roe and Casey decisions would be reconsidered.

H/T: The Hill


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