Senator Todd Lamb, R-EdmonD/Okla. City
State Capitol Room 513-A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2008
Senator Todd Lamb
Sen. Lamb Comments on Lawsuit Targeting Bipartisan Pro-Life Legislation
State Sen. Todd
Lamb, R-Edmond/Oklahoma City, issued the following statement
regarding a lawsuit by Nova Health Systems against bipartisan pro-life
legislation that overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature in 2008.
Lamb is the Senate author of the law, Senate Bill 1878.
“This lawsuit was filed by a pro-abortion fringe group that
opposes Oklahoma’s sensible regulations on abortions. Their
lawsuit seeks to undo important reforms that provide women with
information that helps them give informed consent prior to receiving
an abortion,” Lamb said.
“Unfortunately, this group is repeating some of the same
falsehoods about SB 1878 that were raised during the Legislature’s
debate of the bill. For example, claiming that this law forces women
to view an ultrasound. Not true. The law requires information from
an ultrasound to be provided to a woman prior to an abortion, but
it does not require a woman to view the ultrasound,” he said.
“Senate Bill 1878 includes a number of reforms. It protects
the rights of healthcare workers to refuse to take part in the destruction
of human life; changes Oklahoma’s law to mirror federal regulations
on the use of the dangerous abortion pill RU-486; protects women
from being coerced into having an abortion; provides for the informed
consent for women seeking an abortion by providing a woman with
an ultrasound of her unborn child which she may – but is not
required to – view; and cultivates a respect for disabled
children by banning so-called ‘wrongful-life lawsuits’
that claim a baby would have been better off aborted,” Lamb
BACKGROUND: On April 17, 2008, the State Senate voted overwhelmingly
to override Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of Senate Bill 1878, a
bipartisan pro-life bill, with a vote of 37-11. The House of Representatives
voted 81-15 to join the Senate in overriding the veto. It is the
first gubernatorial veto overridden by the State Legislature since
the administration of former Gov. David Walters.
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Senator Lamb's Office: (405) 521-5632