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Republican lawmaker condemned 'pro-birth' stance of colleagues on day of abortion ban signing

Rep. Josh West
Oklahoma House of Representatives
Rep. Josh West

The majority leader of the state House criticized his colleagues for being pro-birth instead of pro-life. Purple Heart veteranRep. Josh West (R-Grove) made the comments during a House Civil Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday just after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a nearly total abortion ban.

“The term pro-life is thrown around this building hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times a year,” said West. “After six years of watching bills like your bill die, I think there’s a lot of people here who are pro-birth. We don’t want to do anything to help people after they’re born.”

West was addressing Rep. Chris Kannady (R-Oklahoma City), author of House Bill 3899 allowing 52 weeks of workers' compensation benefits for first responders who have work-related PTSD.

News outlet NonDoc reports HB 3899is stalled in a Senate committeechaired by Sen. Julie Daniels (R-Bartlesville). Daniels has written a number of anti-abortion measures, including legislation allowing private citizens to sue nearly anyone who helps a woman get an abortion.

Josh West in a photo from his campaign website
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Josh West in a photo from his campaign website

Before joining Public Radio Tulsa, Elizabeth Caldwell was a freelance reporter and a teacher. She holds a master's from Hollins University. Her audio work has appeared at KCRW, CBC's The World This Weekend, and The Missouri Review. She is a south Florida native.