Editor’s note. The following Letter to the Editor of the Tulsa World was sent earlier this month by Tony Lauinger, State Chairman of Oklahomans For Life.
In “Beyond abortion” (Oct. 19), David Riggs maintained my view of “what it means to be pro-life is far too narrow.”
The “pro-life” movement arose spontaneously following the Supreme Court’s 1973 legalization of abortion.
Unborn children are uniquely powerless to defend themselves. They can’t hold news conferences, march in the streets, or visit their elected officials. They’re totally dependent on what others do on their behalf.
I deeply appreciate David Riggs’s leadership opposing abortion in our legislature 40 years ago. He was principled and courageous in defending our human family’s youngest member.
He tried valiantly to help fellow Democrats understand that a party priding itself on fighting for “the little guy” should recognize the helpless unborn child – a living, growing, genetically-distinct human being – as the ultimate “little guy.” I was greatly disappointed that he – the most honorable, capable, effective Democratic legislator – was, in effect, passed over for consideration for Speaker of the House because he was pro-life.
“Follow the science” is a favorite catchphrase – except when abortion is involved. That slogan highlights the myth that abortion is simply a woman’s “doing what she wants with her own body.”
Since 1973, the abortion death toll is 62 million unborn babies killed. That is abortion’s legacy. Battling a slaughter of this magnitude is anything but a “narrow” undertaking.
The pro-life cause is our culture’s most urgent priority, combatting the human-rights catastrophe of our time. A civilized nation shouldn’t kill human beings because they’re regarded as a burden.