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May 17, 2005

State legislatures pass sweeping pro-life measures

From the Baptist Press:

The final step to passage of the most significant pro-life legislation in Oklahoma in 30 years was passed by the state House of Representatives in a 95-3 vote May 12.

The bipartisan measure, House Bill 1686, includes parental notification, informed consent and penalties for injury or death of a child in a mother’s womb when the woman is attacked or killed. Additionally, the bill’s “Laci and Conner Peterson”-styled provisions clarified the value of the life of a child in a mother’s womb.

Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasure of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said after the bill’s passage: “Today is one of the finest days in Oklahoma history. I am proud our legislators have worked together to protect the unborn and the rights of the individual and parents. I applaud state leaders from both chambers and from both sides of the aisle who have consistently stood for life and have sought for years to pass pro-life legislation. We now look to and encourage Gov. [Brad] Henry to sign the bill without delay.”

Although the bill passed the Senate with the leadership of several pro-life Democrats, including Senate pro tempore Mike Morgan, the Oklahoma House was even more ready to take a pro-life stance.

For the first time in decades the House is led by Republican leadership that is zealously focused on passage of pro-life and pro-family legislation during this session. Prior to the Senate’s passage of HB 1686 and the May 12 passage by the House, four other pro-life bills had passed the House but were not even given a Senate committee hearing. As one can tell by the margin of victory, several pro-life Democrats were energized to join with the Republican House majority and pass the bill.

We still have a few of those increasingly rare oddities called “Conservative Democrats” here in Oklahoma. That's why our legislature had remained Democrat while the state went Republican in Presidential election and Presidential election. Our Democrat governor, so far, has “distinguished” himself by flying below the radar for most of his tenure, so my guess is that he'll sign the legislation. Previous Democrat governors have had administrations neck deep in scandal. Brad Henry, appears to want to avoid any undue attention to himself, and rarely makes waves.

And the Christian Post also reports...

On Tuesday, Georgia’s governor signed into law a bill requiring women who seek an abortion to wait 24 hours before going through with the procedure. Pro-life groups applauded the measure.

The new law requires abortion clinics to inform women who seek an abortion about the medical risks associated with abortion, the potential risks of carrying a child to term, the age of the fetus, the potential pain experienced by the fetus during an abortion, and alternative options to abortion. After receiving this information, women must wait 24 hours before undergoing abortion procedures.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue called the bill “a commonsense approach to a sensitive issue.”

“This legislation affirms that women have the right to be made aware of the risks of abortions as well as the risk of carrying a child to term,” said Perdue at the bill signing ceremony. “Women also have the right to learn about all the other options available to them in the event of an unwanted pregnancy."

The bill also tightens parental notification laws in the state. Currently, other adults may give consent for an abortion performed on a minor. The new law requires the parents or legal guardians to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion.

When extremists use their judges to commit atrocities (pedophiles allowed to force their victims to have abortions)  the people act. The left never seem to get that concept.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 17, 2005 05:20 AM

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