For Immediate Release: April 18, 2007
Senator James A. Williamson
Senator Williamson ‘Shocked’ by Henry’s
Veto of Pro-Life Legislation
State Capitol, Oklahoma City – On the same day
the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on partial-birth
abortions, Gov. Brad Henry took the opposite track on the
abortion issue in the State of Oklahoma, vetoing bipartisan
legislation that prohibits state funds, facilities, and
employees from being used to perform abortions. The bill also
requires abortionists to file reports with the state to ensure
they are following Oklahoma’s laws requiring parental
notification and informed consent.
“I am stunned and shocked by Gov. Henry’s veto of this
bipartisan legislation. Now that he has been re-elected, we’re
starting to see the real Brad Henry – and we’re seeing that he
is neither a moderate nor is he bipartisan,” said Sen. James A.
Williamson, R-Tulsa, author of SB 714.
SB 714 overwhelmingly passed both the Oklahoma Senate and House
of Representatives with more than two-thirds of the vote in each
chamber, but the bill has been the target of a misinformation
campaign by abortion advocates in recent days.
“Sadly, the governor has chosen to keep the State of Oklahoma in
the abortion business. Given the fact that more than two-thirds
of legislators voted for SB 714, I am very hopeful we’ll have
enough support to override this veto in both the Senate and the
House,” Williamson stated.
32 votes are needed in the Senate to override a gubernatorial
veto; 68 votes are needed in the House of Representatives.
SENATE VOTE IN FAVOR OF SB 714:
32 to 16 (April 11, 2007)
HOUSE VOTE IN FAVOR OF SB 714:
73 to 22 (April 3, 2007)
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624