Abortion Ban: How did Oklahoma Delegation Vote

Thursday, June 5th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Republican members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation voted to approve legislation that would prohibit certain late term abortions.

The resolution was approved 282-to-139, largely along partly lines.

Oklahoma Representatives Tom Cole, Ernest Istook, Frank Lucas and John Sullivan were among those voting for the resolution.

Democratic Representative Brad Carson, didn't vote.

Istook says the procedure is "gruesome" and "barbaric," and that even some who support abortion rights think the procedure should be outlawed.

Under the bill, partial birth abortion is defined as a procedure in which the fetus is killed after the entire fetal head is outside the mother's body or, in the case of breech presentation, "any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother."