By John Michener
1) Defines Homicide Consistently: “Homicide shall include, but not be limited to, acts which cause the death of an unborn child committed during an abortion.”
2) Corrects Contradictions: “Existing provisions regulating abortion or abortion facilities are not repealed but are superseded to the extent of any conflict or inconsistency.”
3) Establishes Liability for Wrongful Death: Existing law provides that “When the death of one is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, the personal representative of the former may maintain an action therefor against the latter…” In other words, a person involved in homicide might get sued in court and held responsible for the loss of life. However, current law provides a loophole that exempts abortionists from liability. This bill would close that loophole: “The provisions of this section shall also be available for the death of an unborn person…”
4) Directs Enforcement: With the enactment SB 1372, the Legislature would say that “this state and all political subdivisions of this state shall enforce…Oklahoma Statutes in relation to abortion without regard to the opinions and judgments of the Supreme Court of the United States in Roe v. Wade…and its judicial progeny, past and future…and without regard to any other contrary or conflicting federal statute, regulation, treaty, executive order, or court ruling.” It also warns Oklahoma judges not to interfere: “any judge of this state who purports to enjoin, stay, overrule, or void any provision of this act shall be subject to impeachment or removal.”
There are a number of competing bills out there that will distract from, and in many cases serve to usurp the preeminence of, SB 1372. They all have flaws, from minor to major, as pro-life politicians continue to bow down to their god SCOTUS, asking permission, favor, and blessing upon their sacrifices (bills). You will find a summary of those on our Policy Page.
Please contact your personal State Senator about supporting SB 1372.
When they misdirect you by saying, “Well, I am fighting/working/battling to abolish abortion. That’s why I’m supporting the pro-life XYZ123 Bill,” kindly explain the problem with the alternative.
When they put you off by saying, “There is nothing I can do; it’s not in my committee,” kindly insist that they co-author the bill. Every senator can coauthor the bill, and that change can be effected on the same day of the request. You should see coauthor names appear here.
When they trot out the ultimate, tried and true, pro-life cop-out, “We have to wait for SCOTUS to overturn Roe v. Wade,” kindly remind them that Oklahoma nullified federal drug laws when it legalized marijuana, without waiting for SCOTUS to overturn its incorrect decision that those federal drug laws were constitutional. Ask your senator, “Do you think protecting marijuana is more important than protecting the lives of babies?”
If they still put you off or lie to you, kindly say, “I’m sorry you chose not to make abolishing abortion a priority.” And then run against them!