A resolution approved today by the Oklahoma House of Representatives declares that a fetus or embryo is a person and that all people are created free and have inalienable rights.
House Resolution 1054, by state Rep. Steve Vaughan, declares that a person means a human being at all stages of human development of life, including the state of fertilization or conception, regardless of age, health, level of functioning or condition of dependency. It also declares that all persons are created free and have inalienable rights.
“A majority of House lawmakers are pro-life and wanted the opportunity to declare their position today,” Vaughan, R-Ponca City, said. “This resolution had bipartisan support and passed with an overwhelming majority of support in the House. I was pleased by the support of my colleagues.”
Although the resolution does not have the force of law, it declares the official position of the House. Vaughan believes that it does make a statement to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
“The resolution helps keep a promise that I would stand for the sanctity of life,” said Vaughan. “I am proud to honor that commitment.”
House Resolution 1054 was approved by a vote of 74-13.