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Bill that would create ‘Humanity of the Unborn Child Act’ passes committee

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A controversial bill that would take the “life begins at conception” debate to the classroom has easily passed a committee.

The Appropriations and the Budget Committee passed House Bill 2797 recently 17-2.

The bill, which is authored by Rep. Ann Coody, would create the ‘Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.’ 

According to the bill’s language, it would direct “the State Department of Education to establish, operate and maintain a public information program to educate the public about the humanity of a child in utero.”

The act would develop a program that would be taught at every public high school across the state.

“There certainly would be a question whether or not mandating that teaching from one point of view of a hot political button issue is really where state public schools should be going rather than teaching math, reading and writing, and leaving abortion and other hot button issues to parents and to the pulpit,” Joe Thai, a constitutional law expert told NewsChannel 4.

Tony Lauinger, the director of Oklahomans for Life, told the Tulsa World that parents could “opt out” of the instruction for their children.

While lawmakers say the bill works to drop the state’s abortion rate, opponents disagree.

“If this is really to lower the number of abortions, why would sex education and contraception not be part of it?” Rep. Jason Dunnington told the Tulsa World.

“There is only one sure prevention of pregnancy, and that’s not to cause it in the first place,” said Coody. “The killing of a human being is murder, plain and simple.”

The bill will head to the full House for consideration.

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