A controversial anti-abortion bill passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday, but only after heated debate on the House floor.
Oklahoma House State Rep. George Faught authored House Bill-1549 – which punishes doctors who perform abortions in cases of genetic abnormalities. Doctors could face fines up to $100,000.
Ok. State Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Faught if he believed rape is the “will of God.”
Faught replied, “Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened. The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately.”
Williams then asked if incest is the “will of God.”
“Same answer. Doesn’t deal with this bill,” Faught said.
Williams argued his questions did in fact matter to the bill because Faught crafted the legislation so there were no exceptions in cases of rape and incest and said, “You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important.”
“This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God,” Williams asked again.
Faught replied, “It’s a great question to ask. And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but — so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that.”
The bill passed with 67 votes and will now move to the Senate.
Perhaps Faught needs a refresher on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you know, the part that says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”