(CNSNews.com) -- The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution on May 8 declaring abortion to be murder and directing "every public official" in the state to use their authority "to stop the murder of innocent children by abortion."
The resolution does not have the force of law but it does reflect the policy view of the Oklahoma House, which has 101 members -- 74 Republicans, 26 Democrats, and 1 vacancy. The resolution, HR 1004, passed by voice vote, and was introduced by Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks.
The resolution, in part, states that "all human life is protected by God's law and the highest laws of the land," and that the Declaration of Independence explains that "all human beings" are "endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to life."
Further, "the Constitution of the United States mandates that no state shall deprive any human being of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law, nor deny any human being within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
A human baby killed by saline injection abortion. (Photo: Priests for Life)
The resolution also states that the U.S. Supreme Court "overstepped its authority by federalizing the issue of abortion on demand," an issue that should have been left to each state.
Finally, it affirms the following: "That every public official in Oklahoma, including but not limited to sheriffs, district attorneys, judges and justices, the Attorney General, and the Governor, is directed to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.
"That Oklahoma judges and specifically justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court are directed not to interfere with this Legislature's right to clarify Oklahoma criminal law regarding abortion per Section 36 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution."
Rep. Strohm, as reported in the Tulsa World, said the 10th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution mean "no one -- not a doctor, not a father or a mother -- has rights that allow them to murder an unborn child."
The Supreme Court "had no authority to do what they did" in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, said Strohm.