May 4, 2010
The Oklahoma legislature last week voted to override the veto of Democratic Gov. Brad Henry and enact two laws that could sharply restrict abortions in the state.
One of the measures requires a woman to be given an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the baby before getting an abortion. The second measure would prevent a woman from suing her doctor should she have a disabled child and the doctor withheld information about birth defects.
On the ultrasound matter, this is long overdue. Federal laws on food labeling and the lending of money require full disclosure. So why not fully disclose what is about to be aborted? I will answer my own question. It's because the secular left knows that if women are fully informed they are likely not to abort their baby. That has been the case in over 90 percent of cases where an abortion-minded woman saw a picture of her unborn child.
I say good for Oklahoma. Now the question is whether these laws will stand up in court.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.