As reported by The Christian Post, the Oklahoma House of Representatives last Monday took the extraordinary step…by today’s standards, anyway…of passing a resolution that refers to abortion as “murder.” Moreover, the resolution demands both that judges not do anything that infringes on the Legislature’s “right” to effectively criminalize abortion, and that state authorities act, in the capacity of their offices, to prevent the procedure outright.
House Resolution 1004 is, indeed, rather dramatic as written, particularly in light of the progressive narratives currently dominating America. It begins by stating that “all human life is protected by God's law and the highest laws of the land,” and immediately follows that opening passage with:
“…the Declaration of Independence explains that all human beings are created in the image of God, and are thus endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life;
“…the Constitution of the United States mandates that no state shall deprive any human being of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law, nor deny to any human being within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
At one point, the resolution reads, “Oklahoma judges and specifically justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court are directed not to interfere with this Legislature’s right to clarify Oklahoma criminal law regarding abortion per Section 36 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution.”
The document goes on to say:
“... every public official in Oklahoma, including but not limited to sheriffs, district attorneys, judges and justices, the Attorney General, and the Governor, is directed to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”
To be clear, House Resolution 1004 is merely a statement of policy, not a law. Still, that even such a philosophical expression can be officially produced by a legislative body anywhere in these United States in year 2017 should provide a glimmer of hope that all is not yet lost.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large