House Honors Sanctity of Life with Rose Day

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 16) honored the sanctity of life of the unborn with a presentation for Rose Day on the chamber floor and the passage of a resolution recognizing the significance of the day.

House Resolution 1041, authored by House Majority Whip Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City, and co-authored by a majority of House Republicans, recognizes the significance of Rose Day, which supports the right to life of the unborn.

“As a mother of three loving children, I understand firsthand the blessings children are,” West said.”That’s why Rose Day at the Capitol is so important to me. Oklahomans respect the sanctity of life and Rose Day is, at its heart, a celebration of God’s blessings that are children. This day really emphasizes the need for all of us to stand up and support the unborn.”

Each year, near the beginning of the legislative session, hundreds of people gather at the Oklahoma Capitol to present red roses to representatives, state senators, the governor and lieutenant governor. The roses symbolize the sanctity of life of the unborn.

H.R. 1041 states, “the right to life of the unborn is one of the great public policy issues of our day, both for the American people and for Oklahomans of whatever political philosophy or persuasion.”

It also includes that members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives affirm that all human life is sacred from the point of conception, and they have led the nation in adopting legislation to defend unborn children.

The resolution specifies that members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives oppose any policy that would require citizens to pay for abortions through their taxpayer dollars or medical insurance premiums. They will continue to lead the nation in the introduction and enactment of legislation to protect unborn children.

Also noted in the resolution is the sentiment that members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives greatly appreciate the heartfelt involvement of those committed Oklahoma citizens, both young and old, male and female, who present them with roses each year to symbolize the sanctity of human life and the worth of every unborn individual.

“Rose Day will be a reminder to all members of the House of Representatives that the fight to save the unborn will continue until legal protection for the lives of unborn children has been restored,” the resolution concludes.

Note: Tammy West serves District 84 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Her district includes part of Oklahoma County.