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Oklahoma Lawmaker Suggests Rape, Incest Are God's Will (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Oklahoma state House debated a proposed bill on March 21 that would not allow an abortion if a woman is seeking the medical procedure based upon a genetic abnormality in the fetus; the bill has no exceptions for rape or incest (video below).

According to The Huffington Post, the bill would allow doctors who perform these types of abortions to be fined up to $100,000, allow lawsuits by the women who consented to have the abortions, and allow the physician's licenses to be suspended or revoked.

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One particularly interesting moment happened when Democratic state Rep. Cory Williams, who opposes the bill, asked Republican state Rep. George Faught, who wrote the bill, if rape was the "will of God."

Faught defended such instances with the Bible: "Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened. The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately."

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Williams also asked Faught if incest was the "will of God."

"Same answer," Faught replied. "Doesn’t deal with this bill."

Williams said his questions do deal with the bill because Faught does not make exceptions for rape or incest:

With all do respect, I think it absolutely is on point. You won’t make any exceptions for rape, you won’t make any exceptions for incest in this, and you are proffering divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that. I think it is very important. This body wants to know, myself personally, whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.

Faught replied by changing the question into a declaration by Williams that God does not control all human actions: "It’s a great question to ask. And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that."

Faught later sent KFOR a written statement: "Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes."

The news station reports that more than a dozen lawmakers refused to vote on the bill, which passed the state House by 67 votes. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Sources: KFOR, The Huffington Post / Photo credit:  Oklahoma House of Representatives

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