Letter to Members of the Oklahoma Legislature
Dr. Coburn Urges State Lawmakers to Support Pro-life Legislation
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today wrote to members of the Oklahoma Legislature urging them to support legislation that would prohibit state funds from being used to perform abortions.
April 2, 2007
I write to urge you to support SB 714 and HB 1317, which would prohibit state funds and facilities from being used to perform abortions.
As a practicing physician, I have had the privilege of experiencing first hand the miracle of birth more than 3,000 times and I know how precious newborn life is. While this bill would not prohibit abortion, it would ensure that the tax dollars of Oklahomans are no longer used to extinguish the life of the unborn.
I am disappointed that the Oklahoma State Medical Association is opposing this legislation. As a doctor, the oath I take is to "first do no harm" and the OSMA's position contradicts this oath. A letter you may have received from the OSMA Council on State Legislation dated March 27 claimed that this "legislation impedes on the Physicians ability to practice medicine." Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that every tax dollar that is spent to perform an abortion is a dollar that has been taken away from providing medically necessary health care for patients. More than 18 percent of Oklahoma's population is uninsured, the seventh-highest rate in the country. How can we justify spending limited public resources on abortion when our fellow Oklahomans can not even afford basic health care?
Again, I encourage you to support SB 714 and HB 1317 and protect both state tax dollars and the lives of the unborn.
Tom A. Coburn, M.D.