Category Archive for: life

Appeals Court Blocks Ohio Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

An Ohio law which blocked federal taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state was struck down by a federal appeals court on Wednesday. The law, which was signed by Governor John Kasich in 2016, prohibited federal taxpayer money from going to clinics that perform abortions in the state of Ohio. That money, about…Read More

Hundreds of Students Participate In National Pro-life Walkout

Inspired by recent student walkouts over gun control, hundreds of high school and college students across the US took part in a pro-life walkout on Wednesday. According to pro-life group Students for Life of America (SFLA), more than 400 students and student organizations told SFLA that they planned on participating in the April 11 walkout,…Read More

Key Pro-life Bill Approved in House Committee

Senate Bill 1267, authored by Treat and Rep. Kevin Calvey, (R-OKC), passed out of the House Rules Committee 7-2. The bill prohibits a medical provider from receiving Medicaid funds through the state if that medical provider has trafficked in baby body parts. Tony Lauinger, State Chairman of Oklahomans for Life, detailed, “[The bill harkens] to…Read More

Faith-Based Adoption Protection Bill Wins Key Victory

Sen. Greg Treat’s SB1140, designed to create legal protections for faith-based adoption agencies, won a huge victory on Thursday when it advanced out of the House Judiciary committee with an overwhelming 13-6 vote. House author Rep. Travis Dunlap (R-Bartlesville) presented and defended the bill against aggressive attacks from opponents. After one of the bill’s lead…Read More

Critical Bills Move Forward on Life and Adoption Rights

Newly-elected President Pro Tempore Greg Treat is the author of an important faith-based adoption protection bill, SB1140, which allows faith-based adoption agencies to continue operating according to their principles of faith without fear of legal threat. The bill passed out of the Senate on Tuesday 35-9 with two Democrats defecting to vote for it. It…Read More

Early Pro-life Victories, Two Bills Head to House Floor

This week’s slate of bills supported by the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma include two important pro-life measures: House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3447. HB3676 facilitates the provision of federal or state funds to pro-life pregnancy resource centers. And HB3447 prohibits the state from granting Medicaid funding to any health-care provider that has failed to report statutory rape…Read More

‘Defund Human Trafficking’ Bill Passes Out of Committee

This week was crunch-time for legislators as multiple committees in both chambers of the state legislature heard dozens of bills ahead of the March 1 deadline for committee work. Among the bills supported by the Catholic Conference is Sen. Greg Treat’s ‘Defund Human Trafficking’ bill, SB 1267. If passed, the law would prohibit Medicaid funding…Read More