Hypocrisy, Reality, and Lessons to be Learned

By Tony Lauinger, State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life

Editor’s note. This appears in the December edition of National Right to Life News. Please share with your pro-life family and friends.

Tony Lauinger, State Chairman, Oklahomans For Life

In the aftermath of the heinous crimes committed against Israeli civilians during the October 7th attacks by Hamas terrorists, it seemed strangely incongruous to see notoriously pro-abortion elected officials here in the U.S. expressing outrage at the horror of “babies having their heads cut off.”

Unspeakably monstrous atrocities were committed that day against Jewish families and their infant children.  A question, though, for the radically pro-abortion U.S. politicians appearing before the cameras: What, exactly, do you think happens every time a “reproductive-health-care clinic” performs a dismemberment abortion? 

Answer: A living child suffers excruciating pain and bleeds to death as he or she is torn limb by limb into pieces small enough to be pulled through the birth canal with forceps; his or her head is crushed with forceps so that it, too, is in small enough pieces to pull through the birth canal.

The babies are alive while this “procedure” is ongoing.

Dismemberment abortions are done beginning during the fourth month of pregnancy when a baby’s bone structure has developed to the point that the child cannot be killed and extracted by suction abortion.  At this stage, the baby’s brain and nervous system have developed to the point that the baby feels pain.

As an Oklahoma native, I am thankful that unborn children currently are protected from abortions being done in our state except when necessary to save the mother’s life.  Unfortunately, however, this does not mean that none of Oklahoma’s unborn children are being killed by abortion.  The abortion industry has set up an “underground railroad” to send Oklahoma women to neighboring states where abortion is legal, and in the past year, several thousand Oklahoma women have taken their unborn children on such a one-way trip. 

During that infamous period in our nation’s history when slavery was legal, the “underground railroad” was established by those seeking to save lives.  Today’s network for facilitating out-of-state travel is designed to extinguish lives.  Destination killing…

Our protective law in Oklahoma provides something of a false sense of security for the unborn child.  Though we have an overwhelmingly pro-life legislature, and a strongly pro-life Governor in Kevin Stitt, the unborn child in our state faces two other threats besides out-of-state travel for abortions: a state Supreme Court majority unsympathetic to the lives of unborn children, and a probable initiative petition for a statewide vote on a pro-abortion constitutional amendment.

It is imperative that we face this latter threat by fortifying our ability to defeat the abortion industry’s referendum to impose unlimited abortion on our state.                                                                                            

During that dark period of legal slavery in our nation, we were blessed to have a statesman in the White House with the integrity, vision, and strategic wisdom to ultimately achieve slavery’s demise.  Abraham Lincoln’s conviction that slavery was evil and must be ended was ironclad, but he was a realist who understood the practical need for incrementalism and prudence in successfully achieving that goal.

In his first debate with Senator Stephen Douglas in 1858, Lincoln said: “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.”  As we contemplate the likely prospect of a statewide vote in Oklahoma that could deprive every unborn child in our state of the constitutional right to life, it is incumbent on us to heed Lincoln’s wisdom.

An even more direct reference to the undeniable need to have “public sentiment” on the side of life is emphasized in our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence.  When facing a vote of the people, “the consent of the governed” is indispensable.  The less-well-known sentence that follows immediately after that most revered passage in the Declaration of Independence about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness reads as follows:

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

We must learn the lesson of Ohio’s vote last month on a constitutional amendment to impose unlimited abortion on that previously pro-life state.  Tragically, the abortion industry prevailed, 57% to 43%.  Two weeks prior to the vote, the pro-life side still had a potential path to victory.  Polling showed pro-abortion support below 50%, with about 13% of voters still undecided.  If the undecided vote had split evenly on Election Day, the pro-abortion amendment would have failed.

In those final two weeks before the election, the pro-abortion side spent more than four million dollars on a non-stop media campaign focused on rape and incest.  On Election Day, following the rape and incest barrage, the undecided vote broke 95%-5% in favor of abortion.

We have argued for 50 years that there is no logic nor justice in executing a child for the crime of his father.  But the pro-life movement’s best efforts have failed to “move the needle” even a little regarding public attitudes toward abortion following rape.  It’s a deeply ingrained emotional issue, and attitudes haven’t changed one bit in 50 years.  We need to recognize that reality.

If Oklahoma doesn’t modify our life-of-the-mother-only law by adding exceptions for rape and incest, we will likely suffer Ohio’s fate, thus depriving every future unborn child in Oklahoma of the constitutional right to life.  We must learn the lesson of Ohio.