Roe Reversed, but Not Abortion

okforlife Abolition, abortion

It is official!  According to the majority opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the Dobbs case, “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion.  Roe and Casey arrogated that authority.  We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

This is great news for which we have waited half a century.  In the immediate aftermath, thousands of lives will be saved in Oklahoma.  At the same time, take note that SCOTUS did not point out that all elective abortion that is not medical triage is unconstitutional per the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which require due process to take a life and require every innocent life to be given equal protection of the laws within the State.  They could have and should have directed all States to criminalize all elective abortions.  In the long run, this shortcoming will cost thousands of lives per year, even in Oklahoma.

Any pro-life politician who tells you that abortion is now illegal in Oklahoma is ignorant, or lying to you, or deceived.  It is true that doctors can no longer personally administer abortions, but under SB 918 (Oklahoma’s trigger law), SB 612, and HB 4327, approximately nine hundred thousand women of child-bearing age in Oklahoma are completely free to pull the trigger on their own preborn babies by various chemical and abortion pill methods which are still legal and available.  No risk of investigation, prosecution, or criminality—no legal consequences whatsoever. 

Ignoring the moral and constitutional principles of a right to life and equal protection, our “pro-life” politicians specifically granted blanket immunity to women committing murder by abortion at any time during their pregnancies.  For example, Senate Bill 612 states: “This [act] does not: a. authorize the charging or conviction of a woman with any criminal offense in the death of her own unborn child…”  At a Gov. Stitt press conference, the attorney general even bragged about the gaping loophole when he stated, “What I love about [SB 612] is that there is not a punishment in it for the mother, of any kind.” 

At Gov. Stitt’s press conference celebrating the reversal of Roe, the attorney general reiterated, “In the Oklahoma law there is no punishment for the mother.  There is no criminal punishment; there is no civil exposure for the mother.”  Because this statement is true, it logically necessitates that his following statements are false:  “The womb is now, in Oklahoma, the safest place for a child to be…  As of this morning, abortions performed or solicited in Oklahoma are illegal.”  Fact check:  FALSE!  Abortion is not illegal, and the womb is not the safest place to be, when the State has specifically empowered every woman in the State to solicit of any person any medicine, drug, or substance with which to commit murder by abortion, and to legally commit murder by abortion.

License to Kill:  “The official sanction by a government to initiate the use of lethal force in the delivery of their objectives.  The authorized initiation of lethal force is in contrast to the use of lethal force in self-defense or the protection of life.”

Governor Stitt and pro-life legislators in Oklahoma have denied the rights to life and equal protection of the law to their preborn neighbors.  Their weak wills equal a license to kill.  To better understand the current transition in the abortion industry, consider the historical transition of the pornography (porn) industry.

Playboy magazine sold more than seven million copies per month at its peak!  It averaged more than five million copies per month throughout the 1970s and into the 80s.

Many of us grew up in that era and remember how we did not talk about porn.  It was kept out of the public eye by pro-family regulations on the industry.  Pornographic magazines were kept covered and concealed behind counters.  Video tapes were sold outside of city limits at seedy storefronts.  It could not be sold to minors.  Consumers had to seek it out and ask for it.

Playboy’s circulation dwindled over the years, eventually falling to only four hundred thousand per month in 2017, and it went out of print in the spring of 2020.  Competing magazines such as Penthouse and Hustler have followed the pattern.  Pro-family politicians could look at these statistics and claim, “Clearly, our pro-family regulations have ended the consumption of porn in the US,” but does anyone seriously believe that the consumption of porn has decreased?

We are in the midst of a similar transition in the abortion industry.  Pro-life politicians are telling voters that their new regulations have completely ended abortion in Oklahoma, but in reality their new laws have only removed the most obvious and easily tracked murders from public retail space.  They are actually aiding and abetting the abortion industry in its transition to a new era of more private and pervasive child-sacrifice.  The closing of a few porn publishing houses, or, in this case abortion deathcamps, is the wrong measure of success.

Governor Stitt, along with pro-life legislators, seem satisfied with the transition from doctor-administered murders to mommy-administered murders and have enacted the legislation paving the way for the abortion industry to make a smooth transition.

It is imperative that we not claim victory in Oklahoma until the rights to life and equal protection are guaranteed to all of our preborn neighbors.  Celebrating the reversal of Roe is appropriate, but the longer we celebrate, the more likely that the current injustices of our laws become entrenched.