Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What will it take for conservative Oklahoma Democrats to leave their party? What will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Pro-life Oklahoma Democrats have to be upset with their party leader after Governor Henry vetoed legislation that would have prohibited taxpayer money to be used for abortions. Oklahoma Senate Bill 714 passed both houses of legislature with strong bi-partisan support and has a good chance of still becoming law if Henry’s veto can be overturned. The bill would have gotten the state out of the abortion business, but alas the Governor has delayed and perhaps derailed the proposal. It depends on whether the legislative Democrats who voted for the bill will vote to override Henry’s veto. A great deal of pressure will be put on those Ds who stood up for life, but it would only take one in the State Senate to kill the bill. What makes Henry’s veto ironic is that the same day the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a nationwide ban on the barbaric abortion procedure known as partial birth abortion.
Partial birth abortion is a method of late-term (after 20 weeks) abortion that terminates a pregnancy and results in the death and intact removal of a baby. This procedure is most commonly referred to as intact dilatation and extraction (Intact D &X). This barbaric procedure means the body of the baby is drawn out of the uterus feet first, until only the head remains inside the uterus. Then, the physician uses an instrument to puncture the base of the skull, which collapses the babies’ head. Typically, the contents of the baby’s head are then partially suctioned out, which results in the baby’s death and reduces the size of the baby’s head enough to allow it to pass through the cervix. The dead and otherwise intact baby is then removed from the woman's body. Eighty percent of the babies aborted by this method are normal and most are viable.
It is uncertain whether a baby experiences pain during the first trimester of development, when most abortions occur. However, recent studies have shown that the baby most certainly does feel pain by the end the second trimester, when late-term and partial birth abortions are performed.
Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, a pediatrician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and testifying on behalf of the Bush administration to defend the ban on partial-birth abortions said he believes unborn children suffer "severe and excruciating" pain because "the fetus is conscious" during the abortion procedure. “The baby shows increased heart rate, blood flow and hormone levels responding to pain during the abortion,” Dr. Anand said. "The physiological responses have been very clearly studied," he said. "The unborn child cannot talk ... so this is the best evidence we can get."
Thankfully, the US Supreme Court banned this barbaric procedure which was nothing short of infanticide, but rest assured, the fight over abortion is far from over. Senator Barbara Boxer, D-California) and Congressman Jerry Nadler, D-New York have reintroduced the Freedom of Choice Act- Senate Bill 2593 and HR 5151- which says The United States was founded on core principles, such as liberty, personal privacy, and equality, which ensure that individuals are free to make their most intimate decisions without governmental interference. Reproductive health decisions are best made by women with consultation with their loved ones and health care providers.

Boxer and Nadler left out someone on their list for consultation before an abortion-the Creator- the giver of life? Why didn’t their provision urge women to seek out what God has to say about abortion? Simply put, it’s because the Bible does not teach a pro-choice position. It teaches that life begins at conception and that God is the giver of life. It also sets forth punishment for those who accidentally or intentionally abort a child.

In Exodus 21:22, it states If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

Throughout the Bible, it mentions the child in the womb. Job said he was fashioned by God in the womb. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother’s womb and Jeremiah was consecrated to the Lord while in the womb. There are at least a dozen more passages. God is definitely pro-life.

So how do Oklahoma Democrats who are Bible believing Christians stay in a party that champions abortion? For years, state Democrats argued- that’s the national party, but locally we are conservative. Not so now- when a Democratic Governor will not take a stand for the unborn, your party has left you and the values for which you stand. The Democratic Party is no friend to the unborn. Align with a political party that believes in the sanctity of life- the Republican Party.

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