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State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statement Tuesday after the passage of Senate Bill 612. Dahm is the primary author of the measure, which makes it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in prison.
“From my first day in office, protecting the unborn has been one of my top priorities,” Dahm said. “Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma.
“The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from our creator, and that among those rights is the right to life, and that governments are instituted to secure those rights. It is far past time that the government of the state of Oklahoma defend the right to life.
“Those of us in elected office have a responsibility to defend the rights of the people. No one should be able to intentionally take an innocent life. Senate Bill 612 defends life from conception, will stop the murder of the unborn and end the massacre that has been taking place in our state for decades through abortion.”