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Rape, incest, parental rights, and the bible take center stage at OK anti-abortion bill debate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR/KWTV) -  HB1549, which punishes doctors who perform abortions if the mother is seeking one because of a genetic disorder, passed the House following a heated debate.

“Abortion offends God, plain and simple,” Rep. John Bennett said on the House floor. “I heard statements of ‘why are we wasting our time on a pro-life bill up here? We need to worry about the budget.’ Let me ask you this, what is more important to you? Money or life?”

“Is rape the will of God?” Rep. Cory Williams asked Rep. George Faught, the bill’s author.

“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there are a couple circumstances where that happened, and the Lord uses all circumstances,” Faught replied.

“Is incest the will of God?” Williams asked.

“Same answer,” Faught said.

“Are you not attempting to play God by trying to have this body legislate what folks should do between their god and their bodies?” Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-District 73, asked.

 “Can you point to a gap in statute where this is a web that cures something?” Rep. Forrest Bennett, D-District 92, asked.

“Well, I actually am sorry that you feel that life is not enough to be protected,” Faught replied.

, argued expanding sex education could also help reduce abortions.

“Making access to contraception and teaching sex education in our high schools are always shot down in this body, but we continue to put forward unconstitutional efforts,” Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-District 88said.

“I always believe that abstinence is the best deterrent to that,” Faught said.

 “At what point did you decide that that’s within your ability to decide for all women in Oklahoma?” Goodwin asked.

“One of the things I campaigned on was to protect life and I believe life begins at conception,” Faught said. “It goes back to do you want to protect life or not?”

“Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes,” Faught said in a written statement.

Doctors could face fines up to $100,000 if convicted.

The bill passed with 67 votes. More than a dozen members of the House abstained from the vote. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Information provided by KFOR/KWTV.

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