Today the Oklahoma State Senate passed SB 1878 authored by Senator Todd Lamb(the former Secret Service Agent, not the race car driver), R-Edmond, and Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa. It passed the Senate 38-10 with a bipartisan vote. The bill contains several pro-life initiatives. By combining various pieces of legislation from Lamb and members of the House, the bill now creates the Freedom of Conscience Act which protects the rights of healthcare providers to refuse to take part in the destruction of human life.
The bill will also regulate the use of the dangerous chemical pill RU-486 after the 10th week of pregnacy. It will ensure the mother’s consent to abort is truly voluntary, and protects against coerced abortions. It will also provide a woman with an ultrasound of her unborn child which she can view prior to undergoing the abortion. And finally, SB 1878 encourages anenviroment that cultivates respect for disabled children by banning the wrongful-life lawsuits that claim a baby would have been better off aborted. I applaud the provision, but without meaningful tort reform, this tenet has little or no teeth.
“The provisions spelled out in this legislation are critical pro-life advances,” said Lamb, a first term Senator from Edmond. “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.”
The next stop for the measure is Governor Henry's office for his action. It remains to be seem if Blackjack Henry will sign the bill.
The Pro-Choice crowd in Oklahoma are "too mad to cuss". You can check out their liberal tripe athttp://prochoiceoklahoma.blogspot.com/2008/04/sb-1878-headed-back-to-senate.html