By Sen. David Bullard
Since the beginning of my campaign I have taken a very straight-forward approach to abortion. I want to end abortion.
The pathway to protect the unborn is often cluttered with strong opinions and misinformation. Couple that with a court system that is bent on stopping the protection of babies and on preventing women from protecting themselves against a corrupt and powerful abortion industry, and you have a system that is hard to change.
It has been wrongly taught that Roe v. Wade is about freedom. It is blatantly obvious this mindset misses the mark and completely ignores the freedom and rights of the child. The two bills that I am submitting today are an attempt to right this wrong and bring the ship back on course. The goal of this combined legislation is to protect life and get Oklahoma out of the abortion business. In fact, these bills will make Oklahoma a sanctuary state for the unborn.
The Unborn Person Equality Act mirrors language already upheld by the Supreme Court, accomplishes a necessary need in Oklahoma. The act recognizes the life growing inside a mother’s womb is a person who deserves and must, according to the Constitution, be given natural rights of citizenship in this country. It invokes the 14th Amendments equal protection clause to the unborn.
Furthermore, it establishes that this unborn person has the Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty and property, and a right of due process of law. In order to correct the wrongs of abortion, it is essential to establish that the person in the womb retains these rights just like all American citizens.
The Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act gives Oklahoma mothers and families recourse against a corrupt abortion industry. This industry often gains consent to perform abortions by deceit. Oklahoma families deserve means to defend themselves by using due process of our legal system to sue for wrongful death of the unborn person.
A person willing to perform an abortion on an unborn person must take responsibility for the wrongful death of that person. It is not the heavy hand of government, but the ability of “the people” to defend themselves against a corrupt and powerful enemy.
The combination of these two bills provide an opportunity for Oklahoma to lead the nation in protecting the unborn. These bills protect the rights of both unborn persons and mothers. The Constitutional rights that every citizen in our nation has guaranteed, will now be applied to unborn persons. Also, mothers and family members will now have the power to combat an incredibly powerful abortion industry.