By Tony Lauinger
Editor’s note. The following remarks were delivered at the bill-signing ceremony today in which Oklahoma Governor Fallin signed into law two pro-life bills–HB 1888, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and SB 547, the Abortion-Is-Not-Health-Care bill. Tony Lauinger is State Chairman of Oklahomans for Life and Executive Vice-President of the National Right to Life Committee.
We deeply appreciate the pro-life leadership of Governor Mary Fallin, and the pro-life leadership of our legislators who are present. We are grateful for their principled and selfless defense of the youngest members of our human family, the helpless, voiceless unborn child – who will never vote for them, never be able to thank them, but whose very lives depend on the courage, perseverance, and dedication of these public servants who stand in defense of innocent human life.
There is a story, titled “Sing a Little Louder,” of a church in Germany during World War II. The church stood near some railroad tracks. On Sunday mornings, trains could be heard – heading east. Those in the church knew who were on those trains, knew where the trains were going, and knew why. But in order to avoid thinking about the implications of it all, in order to drown out the noise, whenever they heard a train coming, the congregation would simply “sing a little louder.”
We, in America, have surpassed many times over, the death toll of the camps of the Third Reich. Fifty-three million babies have been killed since 1973. Fifty-three million. That is the legacy of Roe v. Wade.
But amidst this culture of death, our elected officials in Oklahoma have been building a culture of life. They recognize that a civilized society should not dismember babies who are demonstrably capable of feeling pain. They see that scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that unborn children recoil from painful stimuli, experience increased stress hormones when subjected to pain, and require anesthesia when undergoing fetal surgery.
They likewise recognize that abortion is not health care, that it is the antithesis of health care, and that it is inherently contradictory to require an act – the justification for which rests on a so-called “right of privacy” – to be financed with public funds, or with the pooled funds of pro-life premium payers who don’t want to be complicit in the killing.
Our society will one day be judged by how we have treated the least among us, those at the margins of life. We are deeply grateful to our governor, and our legislators, for their wisdom, their humanity, and their faithfulness to the innocent children waiting to be born.
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