Senator James A. Williamson, R-Tulsa
State Capitol Room 412
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2008
Sen. James A. Williamson
So-Called Insurance ‘Reform’
Bill Would Force Coverage of Abortions
A Democrat-authored insurance mandate bill would force insurance
companies to pay for abortions, gutting a key reform that was adopted
as part of a landmark 2007 pro-life law.
Sen. James A. Williamson, who authored the 2007 law, called on
pro-life legislators in both parties to oppose a motion to reconsider
Senate Bill 2114, which failed last week to garner the 25 votes
needed for passage. Democrat leaders in the Senate have said they
plan to bring the bill up for reconsideration this week.
“At the time SB 2114 was first presented last week I noted
the incredible potential for it to increase insurance premiums.
However, the more I thought about the potential consequences of
this legislation, I realized the bill also guts last year’s
reform that protects pro-life health insurance policyholders from
being forced to subsidize abortions through their insurance premiums,”
stated Williamson, R-Tulsa.
“I strongly encourage all pro-life legislators – Democrats
and Republicans – to oppose the reconsideration of this misguided
legislation,” he said.
The state’s leading pro-life organization – Tulsa-based
Oklahomans for Life – fully analyzed the bill and agrees with
Williamson’s interpretation of the bill’s effect. Oklahomans
for Life has announced its opposition Senate Bill 2114, Williamson
In 2007 the Legislature overwhelmingly adopted Senate Bill 139
by Williamson, which became law without Gov. Brad Henry’s
signature. A key provision of the bill required a separate, optional
rider for abortion coverage in health insurance policies, ensuring
that pro-life policyholders are not forced to subsidize abortions
through higher premiums.
Senate Bill 2114, authored by Democrat Sen. Jim Wilson of Tahlequah,
guts the 2007 pro-life reform. SB 2114 would require insurance companies
to pay for any medical procedure recommended as “medically
necessary” by any “health care professional.”
“Under SB 2114’s vague provisions, a ‘health
care professional’ like a nurse or a psychologist could claim
an abortion is ‘medically necessary’ and an insurance
company would be forced to cover it. This is unconscionable,”
For more information contact:
Senator Williamson's Office: (405) 521-5624