By Tony Lauinger, State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life and Kevin Calvey, State Vice Chairman, Oklahomans For Life
The Oklahoma legislature last week gave final approval to a pair of critically important pro-life bills, and Governor Kevin Stitt has signed the bills into law. The last step in the legislative process for SB 778 and SB 779 was passage one final time by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
In a devastating display of tragically misguided priorities, not a single House Democrat voted for either of the pro-life bills. In the Senate, only one Democrat, J.J. Dossett of Owasso, voted for these critically urgent pro-life bills. Opponents of the legislation put the profits, convenience, and lethal efficiency of the abortion industry ahead of the lives of unborn children and the lives, health, and safety of their mothers.
One of the foremost experts on chemical abortions, National Right to Life Director of Education & Research, Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., has pointed out that approximately two dozen patients have died after taking these abortion drugs, and thousands of women have suffered “adverse events,” including life-threatening hemorrhages, infections, or ruptured ectopic pregnancies.
SB 778 and SB 779 will codify in Oklahoma law safety regulations that had previously been, but are no longer, required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bills will implement a wide range of regulations, restrictions, and requirements that will provide essential protections, oversight, and safeguards involving chemical abortions. Oklahoma is the first state to provide such comprehensive oversight of this dangerous abortion method.
The Biden Administration has been dismantling various pro-life policies of previous administrations, and the abortion industry has been aggressively lobbying for the FDA regulations on chemical abortions to be revoked. On April 12th, the Biden FDA began doing exactly that. The politicized FDA will now allow abortionists to ship abortion pills directly to women’s homes without ever seeing the patient in person or doing a physical exam.
Chemical abortions are more profitable and more efficient for the abortionist than surgical abortions, especially when the abortionist doesn’t even examine the patient. An ever-increasing percentage of first-trimester abortions are now chemical rather than surgical, even though chemical abortions have higher complication rates than surgical abortions. Chemical abortions now account for approximately half of all abortions in Oklahoma.
Our sincere thanks go to Senator Julie Daniels and Representative Mark Lepak for leading the effort to enact this vital legislation. We thank also the other pro-life legislators in Leadership, on committees, and in the full Senate and House who supported these critically important bills. And we thank Governor Kevin Stitt for his unwavering support for the right to life and for signing these bills into law.
Finally, we thank all of you who contacted legislators and urged, persuaded, and encouraged them to vote pro-life. Your faithful and positive support for the right to life provides inspiration and reinforcement for legislators and ultimately leads to pro-life bills becoming law. Thank you!