By Dave Andrusko
Pro-life Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin yesterday signed the “Humanity of the Unborn Child Act” into law.
Authored by state Rep. Ann Coody and Sen. A.J. Griffin, The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act “establishes a public education program for high school students to foster increased awareness of the growth and development of a baby during the nine months before birth,” explained Tony Lauinger, state chairman of Oklahomans For Life. “When young people have a good understanding – in advance – of the development and humanity of the unborn child, they are much less likely to view abortion as an acceptable ‘solution’ to an unwanted pregnancy.”
The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act “constitutes an affirmation by our legislature that it is the public policy of the state of Oklahoma to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion,” Lauinger added.
The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the state’s right to express that preference way back in its 1977 Maher v. Roe ruling. The Court held that the U.S. Constitution imposes “no limitation on the authority of a State to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion, and to implement that judgment by the allocation of public funds.”
“Ultimately, the pro-life movement is engaged in an effort to reach the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens – especially the young,” Lauinger told NRL News Today. “The Supreme Court has made it clear that the states are not required to be neutral between life and death. We are free to come down on the side of life.”
The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, Lauinger concluded, “represents a tangible way for our legislature to do that.”
National Right to Life Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, told NRL News Today that Oklahoma thus becomes the first state to establish by law a public school educational program focused on the humanity and development of the unborn child.