House Blocks Distribution Of Abortion Literature

Monday, March 12th 2007, 2:10 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Literature which criticizes anti-abortion bills pending in the state House of Representatives was barred from the chamber Monday.

House officials are also trying to stop the literature from being distributed to state lawmakers' offices.

House's chief clerk Joel Kintsel says the literature is being blocked because those distributing it didn't comply with House procedures not because it questions anti-abortion measures supported by the House Republicans.

The leaflets include the statement “Abortion Should Be Prevented, Not Punished” and include a photo of the body of a woman who died during an abortion before it was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973.

House spokesman Damon Gardenire says the chamber requires that literature distributed to lawmakers first be filed with the chamber's post office to verify it is not obscene, pornographic or a solicitation.

The head of an anti-abortion group says he didn't know about the post office rule even though his group regularly distributes material at the Capitol. And he says he used to clear materials through the majority leaders office but was later told that isn't necessary if the material is clearly identified with the name, address and phone number of the person distributing it.