Oklahoma might soon be adding a fourth R to educations foundational Three Rs: reading, writing, arithmetic and now respect for the humanity of a child in utero.
Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, has filed a bill that would require the state to incorporate an anti-abortion program into its high school curriculum.
That bill cleared an education subcommittee and budgetary committee and now awaits a hearing on the House floor.
At a time when state school budgets face deep cuts, the bill includes a provision that would only enact the legislation in times it could be properly funded, which would not be in this fiscal year.
Still, Coody said before a recent committee vote that passing the bill this year would send a message that the state Legislature backs pro-life efforts. She added that any parent could choose to opt their child out of such a program.
Some of the bills opponents question why no mention of sexual education is made in the language. Isnt that an effective way of avoiding unwanted pregnancies?
As quoted in Tulsa World, Coody thinks those types of measures would ultimately be ineffective in curtailing abortion.
There is only one sure prevention of pregnancy, and thats not to cause it in the first place, she said. The killing of a human being is murder, plain and simple.
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