For Immediate Release: May 8, 2007
Sen. Williamson urges the legislature to overturn Gov.
Henry’s veto of SB 714. (L-R) Sen. Ron Justice, Sen. Williamson,
OU Health Center Obstetrics nurse Sherri Crittenden, Sen. Justice’s
niece Summer Horn and her daughter Tristyn, and Bishop Edward
J. Slattery of the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa.
Religious Leaders Voice Support of Veto
Override of SB 714
The leaders of the Baptist General Convention
of Oklahoma and the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa joined State Sen.
James A. Williamson on Tuesday in support of a measure to restrict
the performance of abortions at state facilities or by state
Senate Bill 714 was vetoed by Gov. Brad Henry last month. Williamson
has vowed to continue bringing up the legislation until he is
successful in an override of the veto. Williamson said he intends
to move to override when the Senate meets on Wednesday.
“Every single day, I hear from more and more Oklahomans
who support our efforts,” Williamson said. “The
fact remains that most of our citizens oppose abortion and do
not want their tax dollars used for this procedure.”
Joining Williamson at a State Capitol press conference was Dr.
Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist
General Convention of Oklahoma.
“The evidence is clear. Abortion destroys human life.
While pro-abortion doctors and others have confused facts, it
does not change the truth that the majority of Oklahomans are
opposed to abortion,” Jordan said. “Taxpayers should
not be required to pay for abortions with tax dollars.”
Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa also
called for an override.
“I will do anything I can to promote the right of the
unborn child to life regardless of the economic status of the
mother. We all have a right to life, even if we are weak and
still in the womb,” Slattery said.
Williamson was also joined by Summer Horn, a Fort Cobb mother
who was advised by an OU specialist to abort her unborn child
because initial tests had indicated the child could have several
birth defects. As it turned out, the only medical problem the
child had was omphalocele, a rare condition where an internal
organ protrudes into the umbilical cord, which can be corrected
“I prayed about it and decided against having an abortion,
but the frightening part is, based on their advice, I considered
it,” Horn said. “That would have been incredibly
tragic, because while my daughter did require surgery, the procedure
was successful. She is perfect.”
Williamson said Horn’s story is very similar to those
he’s heard from other Oklahoma women.
“I’ve heard from so many parents who’ve told
me about being pressured to abort children, and in some of those
cases, the tests were wrong. If they’d listened they would
have aborted perfectly healthy babies,” Williamson said.
“Even babies who may not be perfect have value and are
loved by their parents. The state should not be in the business
of taking those lives.”
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624