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Pro-Life Sen. Jim Inhofe to Retire Next Year; Heartbeat Law Advances in Oklahoma Senate

by | Feb 28, 2022

National Right to Life News Linked to Below

By Tony Lauinger, State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life

Tony Lauinger, Vice President of National Right to Life and State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life

Longtime pro-life U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe announced last week that he will retire from Congress next January. Senator Inhofe has served Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate for the past 27 years, and in the U.S House of Representatives for eight years prior to that. During his 35 years in Congress – longer service than any other Oklahoman in history – Senator Inhofe has never cast a single pro-abortion vote. His leadership in defense of the right to life has been unwavering, and he will be greatly missed.

With Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, Oklahoma has stronger pro-life leadership in the U.S. Senate than does any other state.

SB 1503 by Senator Julie Daniels was approved by the Oklahoma state Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee last week, and now moves to the Senate floor for consideration in the next three weeks. Under SB 1503, abortions may not be performed after the unborn child’s heartbeat is detectable, generally around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The bill mirrors the Texas Heartbeat Act, which has been challenged by the abortion industry and reviewed by various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court which refused to enjoin the law. The law is enforced through civil remedies rather than criminal penalties.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission this month reported that abortions in Texas dropped 60% in the first month after the Texas law went into effect last September. Enactment of Senator Daniels’s SB 1503 is necessary to save lives now in our state and to ensure that Oklahoma not be an abortion-destination state for women from Texas.

Below is a link to the February issue of National Right to Life News, the publication of record for the pro-life movement: www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsFeb2022.pdf

Thank you.

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