‘Landmark’ Oklahoma Resolution Calling Abortion ‘Murder’ Passes House
The resolution carries no weight of law, but sends a strong pro-life message to state officials.
Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday calling abortion murder. Passed by a voice vote, HR 1004 also claims the U.S. Supreme Court violated the Constitution in cases like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which legalize abortion nationwide.
Authored by Rep. Chuck Strohm, the measure carries no weight of law. But in remarks on Monday, the Republican called it a “landmark resolution.”
“It calls upon our Attorney General, governor, judiciary, elected officials, to enforce Oklahoma law,” he said.
Strohm posted a video of his remarks to Facebook on Monday. He called presenting the resolution an “honor.”
“Does the Supreme Court have the right to violate every act of decency and law by imposing — no, not by imposing, but by forcing — the murder of unborn children on our society?” He asked before the House Monday. “I will uphold this truth that the answer is no.”
“No one — not a doctor, father, judge, or mother — has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child,” Strohm added.
The Hill noted that Oklahoma’s abortion laws are strict. For instance, the state bans abortions after 20 weeks (except when the mother’s life is in danger) and requires a waiting period of 72 hours before going through with an abortion procedure.
Americans United for Life (AUL) placed Oklahoma at the top of its 2017 Life List. It was Oklahoma’s second year in a row to land at the top of the AUL’s pro-life ranking.