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Oklahoma House Declares Abortion 'Murder'

The Oklahoma House has passed a resolution directing state officials to treat elective abortions as murder. While the measure would not carry the force of law, it directs Oklahoma officials to regard abortion access as a moral outrage.

On May 8, the Oklahoma House passed Resolution 1004 by voice vote. Republican State Rep. Chuck Strohm of Oklahoma had not allowed the resolution to be subjected to discussion or debate, but offered comments on the floor after the vote, Tulsa World reports.

During his remarks, the GOP lawmaker accused the Supreme Court of sanctioning murder with its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion access a federal right.

"What happens when a court -- and not just any court but the highest court in the land -- violates the most basic law known to mankind -- the right to life?" Strohm said. The Oklahoma lawmaker added that the Supreme Court "had no authority to do what they did."

While HS 1004 did not include the same amount of condemnation, the resolution asserted that the Supreme Court "overstepped its authority by federalizing the issue of abortion on demand which should have been properly left to the province of each state.”

The resolution had originally asserted that the Supreme Court did not have the authority to make any decisions on abortion access, but that language had been removed before the vote, according to KFOR.

The resolution calls for the Oklahoma Supreme Court to refrain from weighing in on any cases involving abortion access and for state officials to "stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”

The Oklahoma Legislature has already passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, mandating that women receive 72 hours of counseling before being allotted the procedure. The state prohibits women from abortion access after 20 weeks into their pregnancy and only offers five clinics that provide the procedure, The Hill reports.

On Feb. 14, the Oklahoma House passed legislation that would require women to acquire consent from the fetus' father before receiving an abortion. The bill's author, Republican State Rep. Justin Humphrey of Oklahoma, was heavily criticized for suggesting that the onus of preventing unwanted pregnancy was on women, The Washington Post reports.

"I understand  that they feel like that is their body,” Humphrey told The Intercept. "I feel like it is a separate -- what I call them is, is you’re a 'host.' And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant."

Humphrey's comments were blasted by abortion-access advocates. CEO Laura McQuade of Planned Parenthood Great Plains stated "It’s repugnant that we live in a world now that these types of comments are acceptable to say out loud."

Sources: The Hill, The InterceptKFOR, Tulsa World, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Daniel Mayer/Wikimedia Commons

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