Initiative petition would put a ban on abortion to a vote

Russell Hunter of Norman wants to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to make abortion illegal. On January 27, Hunter filed paperwork with the Oklahoma Secretary of State to set the groundwork for an initiative petition to make abortion illegal in Oklahoma.

To get the measure on the ballot in November, 123,725 signatures are required.

Signatures could be collected following a protest period. The measure is State Question 782.

According to the filing, “The measure would not prohibit contraception that merely prevents fertilization, but does not cause the death of an unborn human being.

“The measure would prohibit contraception that causes the death of an unborn human being. The measure would also prohibit the deliberate destruction of unborn human beings created in a laboratory. The measure would not prohibit practices such as in vitro fertilization, but any unborn human beings created as a result of such procedure could not be deliberately destroyed.”
Efforts to ban abortion in Oklahoma have been challenged in the courts.

“The question is whether or not the Supreme Court ruling that born people have the right to kill unborn people was, in fact, constitutional in the first place,” Hunter said. “That is what needs to be challenged.

“You can search day and night through the Constitution and you will never find one line supporting the idea that human beings can be deprived of the right to live simply because they are small, weak and unwanted.”

Pro-abortion activists have already vowed to fight the petition and subsequent vote.

Hunter is part of a Christian group, Abolish Human Abortion (, based in Norman, Oklahoma. That group doesn’t identify itself as “pro-life.” According to the website, “Pro-life is the expression of a moral opinion. Abolition is the expression of a moral action. When you call yourself “pro-life” you are letting people know what you think about abortion. When you call yourself an abolitionist, you are telling them what you aim to do about it.”

Abolitionism, mirroring the successful Christian movement to abolish slavery before the Civil War, wants immediate change versus the gradual strategy of eventually stopping abortion that is prevalent in pro-life groups. Civil War abolitionists were Christians who called slavery a sin and demanded “immediate, uncompensated emancipation.”

History says that America’s refusal to free the slaves led to the bloodiest war in our history, with brother fighting brother.

They reject compromise when it comes to abortion and refuse to support the “lesser of two evils.”

Also, the abolitionist group puts their Christian faith at the forefront of the movement. They see the abolition of abortion as part of the Great Commission from the Book of Matthew in the New Testament.

The group also rejects violence as a means to halt the killing of babies in their mothers’ wombs. Instead, they want to convince governmental authorities (who, according to the Bible, are sanctioned by God) to outlaw abortion.

Abolitionists from all across America have connected with a grassroots network of groups and have joined with similar efforts in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom to battle legalized abortion.