Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) voted today to protect unborn babies from being aborted after they reach 20 weeks.
The bill, H.R. 1797 was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 228-196. Mullin not only voted in favor of the bill but was also one of the bill's co-sponsors.
"As a father and a Christian, I know that all life is a gift from God and life begins at the moment of conception," said Mullin. "I will always vote to defend the sanctity of life."
H.R. 1797 states that unborn children feel pain after 20 weeks, but by as early as eight weeks an unborn child reacts to touch and therefore abortions should not be performed.
"The majority of people in the 2nd District are pro-life; and I am honored to be able to stand with them and to be their voice at the national level on this fundamentally important issue," Mullin said.
Buddy Hunt, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Tahlequah said the sanctity of life must be protected.
"One of the most important things we can do today is to protect the sanctity of life for babies," Hunt said. "I appreciate Congressman Mullin continuing to take a stand for the unborn."
Oklahomans for Life State Chairman Tony Lauinger said unborn children are capable of feeling pain early in a pregnancy.
"How can a civilized society possibly condone the dismemberment of babies who are capable of feeling pain?" Lauinger said. "We know they can feel pain, because by 20-weeks fetal-age, unborn children recoil from stimuli, have measurable increases in stress hormones when exposed to painful stimuli, and when operated on in utero, are routinely sedated with anesthesia to prevent them from thrashing about in reaction to invasive surgery."
H.R. 1797 now will be sent to the Senate for consideration.