Oklahoma Lawmakers Protect the Unborn Starting the Moment of Fertilization

Nearly three weeks after the leaked Supreme Court draft decision suggested a reversal of Roe v. Wade, Democrat governors across the nation have clapped back with extreme expansions to abortion within their states. In the red state of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sued prosecutors in counties where abortion clinics are located and argues that the state Constitution protects a woman’s right to abortion. California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month announced a $125 million Reproductive Health Package aimed at expanding access to abortions for low-income households.  

While blue states rabidly pursue codification of abortion and increased access, red states, in turn, seek to safeguard the lives of babies in the womb. A Thursday vote of 73 to 16 saw the passage of HB 4327, effectively protecting human beings from the moment of fertilization. In step with the Texas Heartbeat Act, Oklahoma’s new law would allow for civil lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone else who “aids” and “abets” in the “performance of inducement of an abortion.” The bill makes exceptions for where the life of a pregnant woman is at risk in a medical emergency, or the pregnancy is the result of rape, sexual assault, or incest and has been reported to law enforcement. 

The passage of this bill comes on the heels of the Oklahoma Heartbeat Act, signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt on May 3. Governor Stitt expressed his desire to see Oklahoma become the most pro-life state in the country, representing “four million Oklahomans who overwhelmingly want to protect the unborn.” The Republican governor defended his stance in an interview with Fox News Shannon Bream, in which he regarded the unborn as a “human being inside the womb.” Stitt continued, “we’re going to do everything we can to protect life and love for both the mother and the child. And we don’t think that killing one to protect another is the right thing to do either.”

The White House’s response to Oklahoma’s newest abortion law represented the President’s belief that “women have the fundamental right to make their own reproductive health choices.” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described it as “an extreme effort” and “part of a growing effort by ultra MAGA officials across the country to roll back the freedoms we should not take for granted in this country.” 

Well… yes, Oklahoma’s and other’s (e.g. Texas) efforts to protect the unborn are viewed by some as “extreme.” However, is there truly any other option in a world that disregards the rights of an entire population for the whims of a few?

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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