More on the Oklahoma Abortion Law


ABC put forth possibly one of the most biased reports I’ve seen in quite some time. Starting with an emotional appeal, the article reveals its bias in a most blatant manner, “But under a new law in Oklahoma, women like Casteix, who have been sexually assaulted, will be forced to undergo a second trauma. The law requires them to undergo a sonogram, and depending on the state of pregnancy, it could be a transvaginal one, which involves insertion of a wand.” The article goes on to bury the other side of the story, placing it on the third page, a page that most readers wouldn’t get to.

Journalistic integrity (or the lack thereof) aside, it is true that the law doesn’t allow for exceptions in abortion or incest. Considering that 93% of abortions occur for social reasons (with only about 1% occurring for rape or incest), there’s little reason to include a caveat in the law concerning rape and incest. Regardless, such a caveat is, logically speaking, unnecessary.

When abortion proponents bring up rape and incest as exceptions, they are often using fallacious reasoning. They are making an emotional appeal in order to support the act of abortion. Not to sound completely callous, I do have sympathy for someone who has been raped and then been left with a pregnancy as a result of that rape. Such an event is tragic and if the family or private organizations cannot help such a woman, I believe the government has a moral obligation to help her. Whether that be through paying for her counseling, paying for her healthcare during and after the pregnancy, or providing adequate and safe housing, the government should take care of her if her family or private organizations fall short.

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Oklahoma and Abortion


Today, the Oklahoma Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that requires mothers to get an ultra sound and have the fetus described to them before getting abortion. The bill also prohibits women from suing a doctor if the doctor purposefully withheld information about the fetus (such as disabilities) from the mother.

I am extremely happy to see such a bill pass and I wish that every state had a law like this one. Though the Oklahoman governor says that such a bill violates the woman’s right to privacy (though I fail to see how), I would argue that her right to privacy is trumped by the child’s right to life. After all, this is what the entire abortion issue centers upon – if what is in the womb is not a human person, who can possibly argue against a woman’s right to terminate this non-human life? If, however, what is in the womb is a human person, who can possibly argue that a woman has a right to terminate another human, regardless of location?

What bothers me the most on this issue is that so few seem to have attempted deep thought on this issue. The governor himself says that the bill is a waste of tax-payer money. Since when was the dollar placed ahead of human life? Rather than assuming that what is in the womb is not human, shouldn’t we think deeply, logically, and scientifically on this issue first? Rather than turning to the cost of a bill, shouldn’t we first review the moral ramifications of a bill?

My hope is that the people of Oklahoma will wise up and vote out this ignoramus governor who refuses to think deeply or openly on the issue of abortion and instead vote in someone who holds to a correct moral view of human life.