It also encourages all public officials in the state to use their positions of authority to dissuade women from obtaining the procedure.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 56TH OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:
THAT every public official in Oklahoma, including but not limited to sheriffs, district attorneys, judges and justices, the Attorney General, and the Governor, is directed to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.
House Resolution 1004 passed with a simple voice vote, without any discussion or debate. It also rebukes the Supreme Court, stating that it “overstepped its authority by federalizing the issue of abortion on demand which should have been properly left to the province of each state.”
Afterward, [Rep. Chuck] Strohm was allowed a few minutes of personal privilege, during which he said the Supreme Court had violated the “highest law” and the nation’s founding documents by “forcing the murder of unborn babies” through abortion.
To be sure, this is only a resolution. It’s not a law. It’s symbolic. But it sends the message that women who have abortions (or miscarriages, I guess) are killers. Just to make sure they feel extra guilty. No word yet on what to call the men who were involved.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 5,330 abortions in the state in 2014 (the most recent year for which there’s information). There were only five places in the state, total, to obtain abortions that year. Oklahoma also imposes a 72-hour waiting period for women who want one, during which she must receive “counseling” encouraging her not to go through with it. Insurance for public employees only covers the procedure in life-threatening circumstances, and public funding can only be used for abortions “in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.”