President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 27, 2010
Sen. Glenn Coffee
STATEMENT FROM SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
GLENN COFFEE ON REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES’ LAWSUIT
“It is striking that a pro-abortion organization
based in New York believes they know what is best for Oklahomans
and will go to the expense of filing suit over a bill that passed
both legislative bodies by wide, bipartisan margins.
“The Left consistently claims that education and more information
is always beneficial for our citizens. Now, we pass a bill which
would provide more information for a woman contemplating the decision
to end a life growing inside of her, and we hear them claim that
more information is not beneficial in this case.
“We heard a Democrat Senator say today that HB 2780 would
not prevent any abortions from occurring.
“Unfortunately for his argument, history and the plaintiffs
themselves in this lawsuit refute that claim.
“In November, 2009, the director of the Planned Parenthood
office in Bryan, Texas resigned her position after witnessing a
pre-abortion ultrasound. She is now a pro-life advocate. Certainly,
that ultrasound and her decision has resulted in fewer abortions
in that location and nationwide.
“Further, in paragraph 37 of the Reproductive Services lawsuit,
the plaintiff states clearly that the impact of this legislation
will result in less medical supervision of their clients, and ultimately
fewer abortions performed:
Requiring the physician to perform the ultrasound imaging himself
or herself, or requiring that the ultrasound imaging be performed
while the physician is on-site, would drastically reduce the number
of abortions that Reproductive Services could perform. Reproductive
Services would not be able to meet the demand for abortions from
its patients and might not be able to remain in business.
“Because abortion is a billion dollar business, those promoting
the termination of pre-born lives will stop at no expense to forestall
or circumvent the will of the people through their elected officials.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Coffee: (405) 521-5636