Freshman Senator Warren Hamilton announced the filing of SB495, this week. It's aim is to end the selective killing of thousands of unborn children in Oklahoma, each year. The bill follows in the spirit of former Senator Joseph Silk's struggle to get the Oklahoma senate to address the issue head on and live up to Republican politicians' claims to be 'pro life'.
The biggest improvement in Hamilton's introduced draft is a fundamental correction in upholding self defense rights which President Ronald Reagan was careful to respect... that necessary action to deal with a grave threat of death to a mother must be treated as a right of self defense, inn the legal code.
A brief review by this writer has so far only found one matter to attend to in a committee amendment. Medical journals have for centuries defined abortion more broadly than the Selective Abortions which the 1973 Roe Vs Wade ruling dealt with. Media professionals used to be careful to refer to "Selective Abortion" as a more accurate definition. But over time our political terms have gotten lazy and we've dropped the 'selective' adjective. Any mother who faces a miscarriage and seeks medical consultation with her family doctor of obstetrician might be surprised to find her medical records list a term "inevitable abortion". And medically that's the accurate term.
When parents lose a child to an inevitable and unavoidable tragedy, It's a death that needs to be grieved and a life which needs to be held sacred. These grieving parents should not face hours isolated in police interrogation rooms, while detectives lie to them and harass them with terrible accusations. A loving parent is already pondering what they might have done differently, which might have given the child additional hopes of survival during the first few weeks of gestation.
Now, I know Hamilton will face a very intense amount of attention and will need a lot of help in his struggle. Some of the statutes he amends actually need even more amending than he provides. And it's okay to take on just the core issue without allowing tangents to distract from the core component of defending unborn innocent human life. A child's life should not be destroyed just because the child's parents are irresponsible and too selfish to regard the gift they received in the midst of their childbearing years.