72-hour reflection period bill now on its way to Oklahoma Governor

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Pro-life Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

The bill is now on its way to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin–a bill that had passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins and then passed again Thursday in the House to accept several technical amendments passed by the Senate.

What will HB 1409 provide? The bill “ increases the 24 hour waiting period to 72 hours to gives the mother time to digest critical information about her living unborn child, including the fact that abortion ‘terminates the life of a whole, unique, living human being,’” explained Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.

With the governor’s expected signature, there will be four states with the 72 hour reflection period. The other three are Missouri, South Dakota, and Utah.

“If you were to believe the story told by the abortion industry, ending an unborn child’s life is one of quick, safe and easy solutions,” Balch told NRL News Today. “Yet many of those undergoing abortions are scarred for life–a truth the abortion industry will go any length to hide.”

Noteworthy is that HB 1409 also provides that abortion facilities include a link on their website to the state informed consent information, which include information on positive alternatives.

According to Rick Green of the Oklahoman

“I just think before you have any kind of surgery you need to have all the information in your hand before you make that irrevocable decision,” [ State Rep. Lisa] Billy said.

Alternatives to abortion, including adoption, should be discussed, she said.

“Unfortunately abortion clinics have not historically provided facts and information to women,” Billy said.

“I’m very pro-life. Anytime a woman makes a decision, she needs to have all that information in her hand prior to making a decision that will take the life of an unborn, separate, unique human being from her.”

Tony Lauinger is State Chairman of Oklahomans for Life and Executive Vice-President of the National Right to Life Committee.

Tony Lauinger is State Chairman of Oklahomans for Life and Executive Vice-President of the National Right to Life Committee.

Added Tony Lauinger, State Chairman, Oklahomans for Life, “Both the gravity and the irrevocability of the decision to take the life of a child mitigate in favor of caution, of erring on the side of adequate reflection — with the benefit of all relevant information and the time to absorb and consider the ramifications.

Informing women that “abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” is not new, Lauinger added. “It is language that has already been upheld by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”