The Senate passed a resolution today against President Barack Obama’s “Freedom of Choice,” Act which outlines that a woman’s right to chose whether to have a baby or terminate a pregnancy should be a guaranteed right.
The resolution filed by freshman Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, says the Senate opposes the federal efforts to protect access to abortion and family planning. The measure, passed on a voice vote, got no audible opposition. But without using the electronic voting system, there was no real way to tell who voted for it and who didn’t.
The resolution was passed the same day that anti-abortion groups came to the capitol and handed out roses to raise awareness.
Newberry said Senate Resolution 5 reflects the wishes of Oklahomans.
“Oklahomans have continually supported pro-life issues and this honorable body has continually passed pro-life measures,” Newberry said. “All would be negated if the Freedom of Choice Act becomes law. This act also causes Oklahomans and United States citizens to give up their 10th amendment right, granting more control to the federal government in determining our rights.”
- Julie Bisbee, Capitol Bureau