By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On April 21, pro-life Governor Mary Fallin signed into law the Oklahoma Medical Treatment Laws Information Act. The measure had passed 88-1 in the House and 42-1 in the Senate. Oklahoma has some of the most protective treatment laws in the nation. For example, …Continue reading "New Oklahoma Law Gives Notice of Treatment Rights"
By Dave Andrusko Good news. When last we wrote about Oklahoma’s HB 2685—the Perinatal Hospice Bill—it had one last hurtle to surmount before it would be heard by the state Senate. Not only was that overcome, HB 2685 passed the Senate and is now on its way to Gov. Mary Fallin. What is the …Continue reading "Perinatal Hospice Bill on way to Oklahoma Governor"
Pro-Life Perinatal Hospice Bill Faces Additional Hurdle; Please Urge Appropriations Committee Approval! The pro-life Perinatal Hospice Bill, HB 2685, was approved by the Health Committee week before last, but faces an additional hurdle – the Appropriations Committee – before it can be considered by the full Senate. Please contact the members of the Senate …Continue reading "Oklahomans For Life – LEGISLATIVE ALERT"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On March 10, 2014, the Oklahoma House and Senate, on near unanimous votes, approved the Medical Treatment Laws Information Act, which is designed to protect patients from denial of life-preserving care caused by a health-care provider’s lack of awareness of Oklahoma’s existing protective laws. …Continue reading "Oklahoma Passes Protective Law to Lessen the Growing Problem of Denial of Treatment Against the Wishes of the Patient"
By Dave Andrusko The law was passed in 2010, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck it down in 2012, and this past March the state Attorney General filed a petition asking the United States Supreme Court to review that decision which struck down a law requiring that an ultrasound be performed before a woman has an …Continue reading "U.S. Supreme Court to decide soon whether to hear appeal of Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision striking down state ultrasound law"
Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law all three of the pro-life bills that we have worked to enact this legislative session. We received great support from the Republican Leadership of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma state Senate. The bills passed with strong votes of approval: 1. the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act, …Continue reading "Three important pro-life bills signed by Ok. Governor Fallin"
By Dave Andrusko I remember watching hours and hours and hours of coverage of the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma where a tornado leveled whole swathes of the city and claimed the lives of 24 people. There were examples of courage and bravery everywhere, but until last weekend I had missed the remarkable—indeed miraculous– story of …Continue reading "Oklahoma mother miraculously delivers baby safely after tornado hit Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma"
By Dave Andrusko The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday passed two pro-life bills, one to make it possible for a parent to know about his or her minor daughter’s intended abortion and a second to strengthen an already strong abortion reporting law. HB 1588–the Parental Notification for Abortion Act– requires that a parent of …Continue reading "Oklahoma House passes two pro-life bills"
By Dave Andrusko Back at the end of January, NRL News Today ran a column headlined, “Let’s assure that parental involvement laws save the most babies possible.” Written by Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation, it raised a very important question. Which is likely to save more unborn children: a …Continue reading "Oklahoma House Committee votes in favor of parental involvement law"
By Dave Andrusko A bill strengthening the woman’s right to know law in Oklahoma has now passed the House and Senate and is on its way to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature. Wednesday House Bill 2561 passed the House 89-0. The measure passed the Senate last week 33-9. The law would allow civil action …Continue reading "Bill to Strengthen Women’s Right to Know Law on its way to Oklahoma Governor"
By Tony Lauinger Editor’s note. The following remarks were delivered at the bill-signing ceremony today in which Oklahoma Governor Fallin signed into law two pro-life bills–HB 1888, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and SB 547, the Abortion-Is-Not-Health-Care bill. Tony Lauinger is State Chairman of Oklahomans for Life and Executive Vice-President of the National Right …Continue reading "“Amidst this culture of death, our elected officials in Oklahoma have been building a culture of life”"
When Governor Mary Fallin signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today, Oklahoma became the fourth state to enact legislation that protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. Oklahoma joins Kansas and Idaho as states that have passed the legislation in 2011, and Nebraska, which enacted the first Pain-Capable Unborn Child …Continue reading "OKLAHOMA BECOMES FOURTH STATE TO PROTECT PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILDREN FROM ABORTION"