President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2010
Sen. Glenn Coffee
SENATE REPUBLICANS ADVANCE PRO-LIFE MEASURES
The State Senate Monday gave bipartisan approval to
five sanctity of life bills, providing more safeguards for the unborn.
Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee said he was encouraged by his colleagues’ efforts
and success in pushing for strong, pro-life reforms.
“Senate Republicans continue to fight for life of the unborn,
and we saw members from both parties join together in supporting
this great cause,” said Coffee. “Oklahomans have consistently
voted and called for measures like these, and today we have held
true to Oklahoma values.”
Majority Floor Leader Todd Lamb (R-Edmond) said he was pleased
to see the bipartisan support among his fellow Senators for these
“Republicans have championed the sanctity of life for decades,
holding fast to the determination and conviction Oklahomans own
on this issue,” said Lamb. “It is encouraging to see
that today Republicans and Democrats stand together in defending
House Bill 2656 by Senator Brian Crain (R-Tulsa) states that in
a wrongful life action or a wrongful birth action, no damages may
be recovered for any condition that existed at the time of a child’s
birth if the claim is that the defendant’s act or omission
contributed to the mother’s not having obtained an abortion.
House Bill 2780 by Senator Anthony Sykes (R-Moore) requires an
ultrasound at least one hour prior to an abortion.
House Bill 3075 by Senator Ron Justice (R-Chickasha) requires facilities
that perform non life-threatening abortions to post a sign outside
stating it is against the law for anyone to be forced to have an
House Bill 3284 by Senator Clark Jolley (R-Edmond) creates the
Statistical Reporting of Abortions Act, which requires physicians
who perform abortions to report certain information to the Oklahoma
State Department of Health.
House Bill 3290 by Senator Anthony Sykes states that all qualified
health plans offered through the state exchange are prohibited from
including elective abortion coverage.
The provisions in each bill previously received approval by the
Legislature, but did not take effect because a court ruled they
violated Oklahoma’s Constitution single-subject rule for legislation.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Coffee: (405) 521-5636