In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma lawmakers are being urged to prioritize a pro-life bill.
Oklahoma State Senator Paul Scott (R) has introduced Senate Bill 1859, a measure that would prohibit an abortion from taking place if the preborn baby's heartbeat or brain waves can be detected.
"The bill itself is called the Heartbeat/Brain Wave Bill," explains Sen. Scott. "In our unborn child, we know scientifically that brain waves are present at about five and a half to six weeks. The pulse of the heart begins at about five and a half to six weeks."
If the measure passes, an abortionist could lose his or her medical license for aborting such a child. The woman having the abortion, however, would not be penalized. So Scott says his proposal makes sense.
"Whenever a person's life ends, we look to see if there's a heartbeat present or if there are brain waves present," the senator notes. "If one or both of those are not present, then we will pronounce a person dead at that time."
The measure has already been approved by the Senate and is now in the hands of the House, where it must pass from committee to the floor for a final vote. Scott is asking the lower chamber to declare it an important bill and start the process, and he believes Governor Kevin Stitt (R) will sign it and that the attorney general will defend it if it is signed into law.