For Immediate Release: April 25, 2007
Senator James A. Williamson
Williamson Vows to Continue Effort to
Override Henry Veto of Pro-Life Bill
SB 714 Author Disappointed by Senator Laster’s
Flip-Flop on Abortion Issue
On Wednesday the evenly divided Oklahoma Senate fell
one vote short of the 32 votes needed to override Gov. Brad
Henry’s veto of a pro-life bill after Democrat Senator
Laster of Shawnee flip-flopped by voting against an override
motion after voting 3 previous times in favor of the legislation
this session – once in committee and twice on the Senate
But Senate Bill 714’s author, Sen. James
A. Williamson of Tulsa, said he will press on with future
attempts to override Henry’s veto.
“Today’s vote is just the beginning.
Our fight on behalf of unborn Oklahomans will continue for as
along as necessary until we override this veto,” Williamson
“Sen. Laster’s flip flop on this
life-and-death issue is surprising and disappointing. Sen. Laster
will likely be hearing from many pro-life Oklahomans in the
coming days. There will be a lot of prayers that he will have
a change of heart on the next override vote,” stated Williamson.
“Sen. Laster’s explanation for changing
his vote on SB 714 involves the same arguments that were used
against this bill during every previous vote, yet Sen. Laster
still voted for the bill every time until today,” he said.
Senate Bill 714 is a pro-life bill that prohibits
the use of state funds, facilities, and employees to perform
abortions. It also requires abortionists to file paperwork with
the state showing they are following laws requiring informed
consent of patients and the notification of minors’ parents
before abortions are performed.
Williamson noted that Democrat Sen. Nancy Riley
of Sand Springs, who switched parties in 2006, has also changed
positions on the abortion issue.
“In the past, Sen. Riley consistently voted
pro-life as a Republican. She never told pro-life supporters
that rape and incest exceptions were important to her. As a
Democrat, she even voted for SB 714 in committee before opposing
the bill on the floor,” Williamson said. “Sen. Riley’s
waffling on the issue of life is extremely disappointing.”
Williamson said he will continue to bring up his
motion to override Henry’s veto of SB 714 “as many
times as necessary” until the end of next year’s
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624