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I saw a news story on what I thought was an unusual bill proposed in the Oklahoma legislature. I call it “unusual” because, so far as I know, what the bill permits already exists by law. It didn’t take long, though, before I realized that this is another example of religioneering in the Oklahoma legislature that I’d blogged about earlier. This story is from TV station KOCO in Oklahoma City:

A bill in the Oklahoma Legislature would allow pregnant women to use deadly force in order to save the lives of their babies.

The bill stems from a Michigan case where a woman who was carrying quadruplets stabbed and killed her boyfriend after he hit her in the stomach. The woman lost the babies and was convicted of manslaughter.

Oklahoma lawmakers said they want to make sure that a woman can legally protect her unborn child.

As KOCO reports, however:

Oklahoma already has a law allowing a person to use force to protect himself or another person from someone else.

So this new law is extraneous and unnecessary. But the KOCO story revealed the true impetus behind this law:

The group Americans United for Life came to state lawmakers and asked for the bill that Thompson co-authored.

This is a pro-life group, which — although less well-known than some others, such as Operation Rescue — is nonetheless influential among the Religious Right. Its biggest claim to fame, perhaps, was its legal battle to prevent the FDA from approving the drug RU-486.

At any rate, the admission that a pro-life Religious Right group is pushing this law, the real motive becomes obvious, and the story states it explicitly:

The new bill includes an unborn child as “another” person. Oklahoma has also had a law covering the murder of unborn babies since 2005.

The idea, then, is to reinforce in Oklahoma state law that an unborn child is a “person,” legally. This will set up a legal precedent for outlawing abortion as the “murder” of a “person” and thus open a potential avenue by which to challenge Roe v. Wade — you know, the court case that’s had the Religious Right’s knickers in a knot for decades and which they are too juvenile to get over.

Way to go, Oklahoma legislators … keep using your institution to enforce your religion on the people of your state — and perhaps the country, if you can contrive some way to get Roe v. Wade overturned — and squash any dissent from your religionism (like you did when you tried to stop Richard Dawkins from speaking at OU). It would be better for you, your state, and the country if you simply grew up, for the first time in your lives, and accepted that not everyone else is a wild-eyed, foaming-at-the-mouth, fire-&-brimstone-threatening, Bible-thumping, End-Times-loving, evangelical fundamentalist Christian — but we all know you’re too far gone to be mature enough to realize this.

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