William Shakespeare said it: “Troubles come not as single spies—but in battalions!” Well, old Will wasn’t always right. Only days after sharing the good news about the pro-life movement in the Cornhusker State (Nebraska Passes Two Major Pro-life Bills), there’s more encouraging reports regarding the sanctity of life out of the state of Oklahoma today.
One week after Governor Brad Henry vetoed two pro-life bills, the state’s legislature has voted overwhelmingly to override the vetoes. Here’s the skinny. The first bill does what many of us in the pro-life cause have long advocated: Before an abortion is allowed to be performed, pregnant women will now be required to witness an ultrasound and receive a detailed briefing on what will actually happen to the baby throughout the abortion procedure.
The second bill releases doctors of the risk of malpractice lawsuits if a woman gives birth to a baby with a birth defect and later suggests the physician withheld information about the condition prior to delivery.
The spin emanating from the pro-abortion crowd is predictable but also rather curious. A headline in this afternoon’s New York Times reads, “Oklahoma Passes Law Restricting Abortion.”
Can someone please tell me how this bill is restricting abortion? Pro-abortionists see any adjustment to any matter related to abortion as a matter of “restriction” when, in fact, abortion is actually still legal and, unfortunately, all too common and available.
As I’ve argued before, can we not reason and look for ways to reduce the number of abortions and truly make it more “rare” as so many politicians claim to want?
Ultrasound exams have proven to do just that. According to our own program, one that helps to fund and place machines in high-risk locations around the country, as many as 88,000 babies have been saved because their mothers saw their image on an ultrasound machine. 88,000 babies!
This is a good thing. Regardless of where a person comes down on the matter of abortion’s legality, it makes no sense for anyone to oppose a law that provides women with more rather than less information about a matter of life and death.
I applaud our friends in Oklahoma for taking a principled stand for life.