Catholic, Baptist leaders oppose bill to ‘abolish’ abortion

Baptist leaders on Thursday came out against a bill to criminalize abortion.

Senate Bill 13, by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Arrow, would classify abortion as murder.

The bill has been assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where the chairman, Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, has said it will not get a hearing.

The Catholic Conference of Oklahoma on Thursday also reiterated its opposition to the measure.

“This measure as written almost certainly will be deemed unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court and could end up repealing regulations already in place, including the ban on partial birth abortion,” said Brett Farley, executive director. “We must continue to work diligently, united in common cause to save innocent human lives.

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