BY JAMES NIMMO
I’m always amazed at the Oklahoma GOP’s use of bold-faced lies and hypocrisy which they throw around like a herd of diarrhea-infected cattle drops fecal material in a barnyard.
I’m referring to the pious, crocodile-tear streaming expressions coming from GOPer Sen. Todd Lamb who is the sponsor of HB 1595, now a law being challenged in an Oklahoma County courtroom by two Oklahoma women’s rights activists. This law requires doctors to send to the Oklahoma Deptartment of Health the answers to 37 questions asked of women who have chosen to end their pregnancies.
A sample of these questions can be read here: http://tinyurl.com/ygj6v4b
If Sen. Lamb is so concerned with the “sanctity of life” as he has said in public interviews, why has he voted against the health and welfare of living children and their mothers?
I’d say the principal author of HB 1595 has abandoned both sick kids as well as women who need contraceptives to space and control the most intimate aspects of any woman’s life – her own control of her reproductive decisions.
Reasonable people who want to reduce the number and need of abortions understand that the obvious requirement is to prevent pregnancy in the first place. This can be done with appropriate, unbiased medical information and planning services delivered unhindered by the medical professional of the patient’s choice. Not by legislators who are practicing medicine without a license, yet this is exactly what’s happening in Oklahoma.
Here’s a sample of Sen. Lamb’s voting record which doubles as an indictment of his hypocrisy and his deliberate violation of women’s privacy used to further his political agenda for higher office.
Todd Lamb voted against the “All Kids Act” in 2007, a bill giving health insurance to 42,000 poor Oklahoma kids with money from a tobacco tax passed in 2004. This was SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Todd Lamb didn’t allow three bills to be heard about contraceptives assigned to his Health & Human Resources Committee in 2007:
Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergency [SB 105] – Would have required health care facilities that provide medical care to rape victims to offer emergency contraception as a treatment option.
Contraceptive Equity [SB 104] – Would have required insurance companies to cover contraceptives at the same rate that they would cover any other prescription drug.
Patient Protection Act [SB 555] – Would have required that pharmacies fill prescriptions for contraceptives and provide over-the-counter emergency contraception, or follow guidelines set forth to fill a prescription in a timely manner.
Sen. Lamb needs to sit down and have an adult “birds and bees” lesson with a medical professional instead of a bull session with the good ol’ boys. But the good ol’ boys, and gals, are more likely to contribute to Lamb’s lieutenant governor’s race than will sick children and pregnant women.
– James Nimmo lives in Oklahoma City and is an occasional contributor to The Oklahoma Observer