OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a resolution “directing every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop [the] murder of unborn children by abortion.”
House Resolution 1004 was approved by a voice vote on Monday without any debate or discussion. Resolutions differ from legislation in that they hold no force of law, but only serve as a statement.
The text notes that every human being is protected by God’s law and the U.S. Constitution, and declares that the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its bounds by offering its opinion on the matter and usurping the authority of the states.
The resolution consequently declares that “every public official in Oklahoma, including but not limited to sheriffs, district attorneys, judges and justices, the attorney general, and the governor, is directed to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”
It also asks that state courts not interfere with any legislative efforts to clarify state law to protect the lives of the unborn.
Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks, who sponsored the resolution, addressed the House prior to the vote, urging civil magistrates “to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”
“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 asked, according to Tulsa World.
He said that according to the 10th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, “no one—not a doctor, not a father or a mother—has rights that allow [anyone] to murder an unborn child.”
As previously reported, the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape. McCorvey later admitted that she had lied, writing in her book “I Am Roe” that she made up the rape story at the advice of her feminist attorneys to make her case more convincing.
She also never obtained an abortion, but placed her child up for adoption and went on to become a vocal pro-life advocate, even going to court in an effort to overturn the ruling.
“My decisions were wrong and I am fighting with every breath to change what has occurred,” McCorvey said in 2008. She died in February.
Out of the seven justices that ruled in favor of Roe, five were Republican-appointed. The court discussed the reasons why abortion has historically been outlawed in the nation, including the binding vow of the Hippocratic Oath and the influence of Christian ethics. It also noted that in pagan nations such as Greece and Rome, “[a]ncient religion did not bar abortion.”
Judge Harry Blackmun, nominated by Richard Nixon, wrote the majority opinion issued on Jan. 22, 1973. Blackmun stated that the Constitution does not include the unborn as being persons, and therefore, they may not receive equal protection.
“The Constitution does not define ‘person’ in so many words,” he wrote. “[I]n nearly all these instances [where it is cited], the use of the word is such that it has application only post-natally. None indicates, with any assurance, that it has any possible pre-natal application.”
An estimated 60 million children and counting have lost their lives since the ruling.