Senate Bill 817, by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, broadens the state law against murder by increasing the grounds to include abortion. It amends a section of the law to state that “no person shall perform or induce or attempt to perform or induce an abortion…”
It eliminates sections of the state law that only stops abortions if a doctor determines the age of the unborn baby at more than 20 weeks. It also deletes the portion of the law that allows abortions due to a condition that “complicates (the mother’s) medical condition” to avert death or “irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions.”
Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, filed Senate Bill 710 to prohibit abortions if the embryonic or fetal heartbeat of the unborn child is audible.
“I am pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life. I don’t believe in abortions but since we can’t go against the federal government, we must do all we can within our constitutional rights. As a state, we can provide a clear, scientific definition that life begins with the first heartbeat,” said Scott.
During the fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, a baby’s heart, brain, spinal cord, and other organs begin to form.
“Our abortion laws are outdated and based on old technology and science. Roe v. Wade was settled 43 years ago. Now doctors have the tools and knowledge to not only sustain life several weeks earlier than was possible back then but now they can even create life in the lab,” said Scott. “Instead of offering to let the mother hear her baby’s heartbeat before she terminates its life as is current law, we need to fight for that baby and acknowledge that it is in fact a human being with the right to live.”
Justin Humphrey, R-Atoka, authored House Bill 1441 which essentially prohibits an abortion without the consent of the father of the unborn child. It requires that a pregnant woman seeking an abortion must provide in writing the identity of the father of her unborn child to the person wanting to abort the baby. If there is a challenge, a paternity test is required. It does suspend the requirement in case of rape or incest or the life of the mother.