The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this week calling abortion an act of murder and directing state executive officials to “exercise their authority” to stop the practice.

Sponsored by Representative Chuck Strohm (R-Tulsa), who has a 97-percent “Conservative Index” score from the Oklahoma Constitution newspaper, HR 1004 directs “every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop the murder of unborn children by abortion.”

Strohm explained his resolution after the vote, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court had violated “every act of decency and law,” including the Declaration of Independence (which declares that the proper role of government includes the protection of life) and the U.S. Constitution. He charged that the Court had forced “the murder of unborn children on our society” by its rulings favoring abortion.

Strohm added that state officials have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, which requires them “to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.”

He noted that the 10th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution mean that “no one — not a doctor, not a father or a mother — has rights that allows them to murder an unborn child.” The 10th Amendment reserves all power not delegated to the federal government to the states or to the people themselves, while the 14th Amendment is often cited by pro-lifers, because it declares that no state can deprive any person of “life” without due process of law. Understandably, pro-lifers contend that the present situation created by court decisions offers no due process to an unborn child before its life is ended. And, since no enumerated power has been given to the federal government to interfere with state laws against abortion, pro-lifers similarly argue that Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision with no constitutional grounds.

“What happens when a court — and not just any court, but the highest court in the land — violates the most basic law known to mankind, the right to life?” Strohm asked. “Simply [the Supreme Court] had no authority to do what [it] did,” when, with Roe v. Wade, it struck down state laws restricting or even outlawing the practice of abortion.


HR 1004 states that “the Supreme Court of the United States overstepped its authority and jurisdiction” with Roe and other cases such as Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Unfortunately, the resolution is what is called in legislative rules a “simple resolution,” which means it is the opinion of one house of a legislative body, and does not have the force of law. To have the force of law, a resolution must be a “joint resolution,” passed by both houses. At the state level, joint resolutions usually involve such subjects as ratification of federal constitutional amendments, efforts to amend state constitutions, and the like. At the federal level, they are often used to propose amendments to the federal Constitution, or something such as a declaration of war.

Despite not having the “force of law,” the resolution makes a powerful statement — that abortion is murder — and indicates that members of the Oklahoma Legislature are becoming increasingly adamant against both abortion and what it considers usurpations of its authority to stop the practice.

As heard on The Hagmann Report