The Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act (SB13) has been introduced by Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow) each of the last four legislative sessions. It’s important to note that it isn’t simply an anti-abortion bill among many. When passed and enforced, SB13 will completely abolish abortion in the state and strip from the courts the authority to unconstitutionally force Oklahoma to allow the murder of preborn human beings. The bill reads:
“It is the intent of the Legislature to provide to unborn children the equal protection of the laws of this state; to establish that a living human child, from the moment of fertilization upon the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum, is entitled to the same rights, powers, privileges, justice and protections as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human person; and to treat as void and of no effect any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders and court rulings, which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life.“
Momentum is building behind SB13 in other ways as well. Two Christian denominations in the state have passed resolutions supportive of the bill in the past eight months. Last May, the Oklahoma Free Will Baptists passed the following resolution:
WHEREAS, God’s Word clearly declares that all human life is a sacred gift from our sovereign God and that His Law is supreme over mankind and man’s law, and therefore that all abortion is wrong and usurps God’s sovereignty; and,
WHEREAS, since Roe v. Wade, 60 million innocent unborn babies have been legally murdered in the United States and approximately 5,000 innocent unborn babies are legally murdered in Oklahoma every year; and,
WHEREAS, government is not instituted to grant rights but to protect our unalienable, God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as recognized in the Declaration of Independence and Article 2, Section 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution; and,
WHEREAS, traditional pro-life laws do nothing to abolish abortion and, in fact, merely establish regulatory guidelines for how to obtain a legal abortion and, in so doing, simply facilitate the murder of innocent unborn children; and,
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade will never be overturned unless a state enacts a law abolishing human abortion; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Oklahoma Association of Free Will Baptists, call upon the Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General of Oklahoma to pass, sign, and enforce legislation abolishing the practice of human abortion at all gestational stages and for all reasons in Oklahoma.
The resolution was authored by Tim Gillespie, pastor of Stroud Free Will Baptist Church, and the vote in favor was unanimous according to Oklahoma Free Will Baptists Executive Director Mike Wade.
Oklahoma Baptists (the Oklahoma affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention) passed a resolution at their annual convention on Nov. 12, 2019 adding language to the convention’s platform on abortion calling for the immediate end of abortion in the state.
“Finally, we call upon the Oklahoma State Legislature to enact legislation that calls for the immediate end of abortion without exception or compromise.”
The resolution, introduced by pastor Bill Ascol of Bethel Baptist Church in Owasso, OK and passed by a majority of representatives of the various Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma, was a direct rebuke from member churches to the leaders of Oklahoma Baptists who publicly opposed the Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act during the 2019 legislative session.
The Oklahoma Republican Party also amended its platform last year to call for SB13 to be given a floor vote in the House and Senate, declaring, “Be it resolved that the abolition of abortion be brought to a full floor vote in both Oklahoma Legislative chambers.”
These resolutions are the result of a paradigm shift that’s taking place toward rejecting compromises with abortion and demanding the killing be stopped immediately. This paradigm shift is happening around the country, but is especially far along in Oklahoma. It’s going to be difficult for the pro-life Republican politicians, who’ve thus far been the bill’s biggest opponents, to kill the Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act again this year.
The best way to make sure they can’t is to show up in numbers they’re unable to turn down. Be in prayer that they do the right thing, and make sure every Oklahoman Christian you know has Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. marked on their calendar.