For Immediate Release: April 16, 2007
Senator Sen James A. Williamson and members of the medical profession
urged the Gov to sign
SB 714 at a State Capitol Press Conference on Monday.
Medical Professionals/Lawmakers Urge
Gov. to Sign SB 714
Medical professionals and members of the Legislature
held press conferences in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on Monday,
urging Gov. Brad Henry to sign Senate Bill 714 into law. Sen.
James A. Williamson, principal author of the measure, said the
press conferences were necessary to counter misinformation from
opponents of the measure.
“It is important to remember that at the heart of it,
this bill simply gets the state of Oklahoma out of the abortion
business,” said Williamson, R-Tulsa. “Secondly,
those doctors and nurses who spoke out against the bill at a
press conference last week do not speak for the majority of
the medical profession in Oklahoma.”
Williamson also said that language on reporting requirements
in the bill was simply there to ensure that abortionists were
following state laws on informed consent and parental notification.
Among those speaking in favor of SB 714 was Dr. Mary Martin,
a Midwest City OB/GYN, who refuted many of the claims made by
opponents of the measure.
“Women or teens who are pregnant as the result of rape
or incest will still have the remedy of abortion. The bill does
not prohibit birth control or the use of the morning-after pill,”
said Martin. “This makes it crystal clear that the use
of birth control or the morning-after pill would not be defined
Martin also pointed out that Medicaid currently covers abortions
necessary to save the life of the mother, and for pregnancies
as a result of rape or incest, and noted those would not be
affected by SB 714. She also countered those who felt it was
better to abort an unborn child diagnosed with a serious medical
“As someone who delivers babies, I take exception to the
assumption that aborting a baby rather than carrying the child
to natural outcome is somehow kinder or less traumatic,”
Martin said. “I can attest that every parent who gives
birth to such a child finds comfort in recognizing common familial
features such as ears or feet or noses. Terminating the pregnancy
before its natural outcome not only robs the family of this
healing experience, but makes them complicit in the death of
Williamson reminded reporters that SB 714 had passed by wide
margins with bipartisan support in both chambers.
“Oklahoma is a strong pro-life state. We hope the governor
will reject the inflammatory claims of the opponents of this
measure and sign SB 714 into law,” Williamson said.
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624