Sunday, March 6, 2011

Unborn Child-As-Person Bill Goes To House Floor

A House bill that would expand the legal definition of a person to include an unborn child is headed to the floor for a vote after passage by the Public Health Committee on vote of 8 to 3.

Rep. Steve Vaughan
House Bill 1571, by state Rep. Steve Vaughan, defines a person as a “human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.”

The measure declares that “All persons are created free and have inalienable rights.”

“I believe that a majority of Oklahomans believe in the sanctity of life, but we in the Legislature have not yet been bold enough to take a stand to say when life starts,” Vaughan, R-Ponca City, said.

“Now that this legislation has passed out of committee, lawmakers will have an opportunity to take that stance."

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