Stop Slogan-Voting. Stop Hate-Voting. Stop Being Manipulated. Part 4. I Vote Pro-Life = Slogan-Voting

Power corrupts. Lord Acton

You cannot serve both God and mammon. Jesus Christ

I vote pro-life!

Pro-life people sometimes make this statement as if they were throwing down a gauntlet, or perhaps, ending an argument. Talk to them about the many nuances of grown-up politics and they will try to end the inevitable confusion by announcing emphatically, “I vote pro-life!”

The unhappy truth is that they can’t vote pro-life. “Pro Life” ain’t on the ballot.

All they have to choose from when they go vote is people. That’s why candidate ratings by pro-life groups have such power. Voters don’t have any other way to judge.

There is a strategy of sorts behind all these ratings. It’s two-pronged. The first goal, the one I am directly engaged in as a state legislator, is to elect legislators who will vote to whittle away at Roe v Wade gradually, to inflict a death of a thousand cuts on the killing machine. The second goal is to stack the United State Supreme Court with pro-life justices so that they will one day overturn Roe v Wade.

The first goal, the whittling away goal, is having an impact. But it’s reaching its practical limits. Supreme Court decisions that are designed not only to legalize abortion, but to ensure its availability, maintain a protective barrier around legal abortion. There are only so many ways in which we can whittle away at these decisions and remain within the law.

The second goal of stacking the Court is an utter failure, a debacle. After well over thirty years, all it has given us is a court that found that life begins, not at conception, but at incorporation.

How did that happen? It happened because that’s what the people who appointed these justices wanted to happen.

Neither political party wants Roe v Wade to go away. Republicans would lose their vote-getting machine. Democrats would lose their money-raising machine. They need Roe v Wade, or at least the corporations who own them do, to keep us from considering what a lousy job both of them are doing of governing this country.

We are at a stalemate. We have been for over thirty long years. Pro life people engage in this Sisyphean struggle, laboriously rolling the electoral ball up the hill over and over again. Every time they do it, they let themselves believe that things will be different this time.

Republican legislators ardently support pro-life when they are out of power. Oklahoma Republicans fought like tigers for pro-life legislation when Democrats had the majority. They held legislators accountable for every squeak of a vote. They made speeches that sounded so sincere they would make a pro-life mother weep.

When they gained a majority in the House, they continued the fight against the Democratic Senate and the Democratic Governor. They were, once again, pro-life champions. But as soon as they won the whole thing — house, senate, governor, every office from top to bottom — they started killing pro-life bills.

They were careful at first. They only killed pro-life bills that didn’t count toward their pro-life-legislator rating from Oklahomans for Life. That way, they could still claim to be “100% pro life” when they campaigned.

Pro-life bills backed by organizations such as the Family Research Council and Americans United for Life bit the dust. These “100% pro-life” legislators killed every pro-life bill that didn’t affect the 100% rating that they used in their campaign ads.

They also passed pro-abortion laws. The worst I remember is a law that puts drugs that will induce chemical abortions, as well as date-rape drugs on the shelves in veterinary supply shops where anyone can buy them without a prescription.

As I’ve said in other posts, I knew that some of my colleagues were hypocrites. But I was still amazed by their arrogant bullying of their own supporters. That alone was enough to surprise me. But witnessing the way the pro-life activists sold out to them almost pushed me to despair.

I am certain that if a Democrat had tried to pass the abortifacient on the shelves bill, they would — and should — have been legitimately criticized for being amoral and pro death. I would have helped call them out. But almost no one would do anything when this amoral, pro-abortion bill came from the Republican leadership acting on behalf of a major “conservative” lobby.

One pro-life group did make a statement opposing the bill, but they were unable to maintain their stand in the face of the Republican leadership. The only pro-life voice that came out against this bill and didn’t back down was the Catholic Church.

The next year, these “100% pro-life” legislators abandoned the inconvenience of passing the pro-life bills that went on their pro-life ratings. They killed almost all the pro-life legislation for 2012, including over half the bills sponsored by Oklahomans for Life.

How did they get away with this? They did it the old way; behind closed doors, with secret votes, ruse votes on meaningless resolutions and procedural moves; the same way that pro-life bills have been dying since the 1970s.

Then, as has become standard practice with them, they forced the pro-life organizations who had supported these bills to back down, kiss Ceasar’s ring and apologize for trying to hold these “100% pro-life” legislators accountable for their actions. It was shameless.

How did this happen?

The answer is easy, if you have the stomach for it. Republicans need pro-life voters when the two parties are close. That pro-life percentage can make a difference in a close election.

Once their hold on the electorate is established, the real owners of the party step from behind the curtain. Money, as they say, talks.

The pro-life issue is the vacuum that sucks in the votes for the Republican party. But the big money people own the party and most of them are either pro-choice or they don’t care. The little-known fact is that the governing boards of major Republican contributors such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma State Medical Association overlap with the boards and supporters of secularist, pro-choice organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

Legislation limiting embryonic stem cell research or the harvesting of women’s bodies for eggs has repeatedly gone down in flames in the Oklahoma legislature, particularly in the Senate. The Chamber and the Medical Association, working together, have a 100% pro-death record for killing pro-life legislation dealing with either of these areas.

By now you may be getting antsy and a more than a little angry with me. “Is she trying to tell me to change my party? Does she honestly want me to believe that the Democrats are better?”

The answer is nope and nope.

Don’t change your party, whichever party you are in. And the Democrats are definitely not better.

What I want you to do for now is take the partisan blinders off and realize that there is no way you can go into the polls and “Vote Pro Life.” You have to vote for people, and some of the people you vote for will be liars.

No matter what they say at campaign time, very few of the people in either party care about the issues of life. That is the truth as I know it.

Don’t despair. There are things we can do. I’ll get to them.

It’s enough for today to know the equation. It’s a simple one:  I Vote Pro Life = Slogan Voting



  1. Thank you. You have shown me that there is still reasoned argument in American politics. It doesn’t often come across where I am.

    1. Pieter, that’s one of the nicest things anyone has said to me a quite a while. Thank you.

  2. I really like what you had to say here. The overriding problem is a lack of moral conscience in our political arena. Unfortunately, it reflects a lack of moral conscience in our society as well.

    When I was newly married, my wife and I wanted to wait to have children. We talked about it and both decided that, if it were to happen, we would accept our responsibility and raise and love our child. Unfortunately, we needn’t have worried. Children have not happened with us.

    If citizens, business people and politicians were more responsible in their decision making, we would need less laws. This includes the responsibility citizens should embrace not to make reactionary voting decisions but to carefully weigh the options.

    Thanks for sharing your well-formed opinions with us.

    1. I agree completely.

  3. Steven Jeffries · ·

    Very insightful and informative post Rebecca. I see a larger picture than before on this long-time issue of Roe V Wade, and pro-life in general. As a “Christ follower,” I support only His word and will concerning things in this world. I try to incorporate that even more so as I live my life.

    We are all “pro-choice” when it comes to following His ways!

    1. Thank you Steven!

  4. Unfortunately, Rebecca, most issues in America face the same dilemma. We have become a One Nation Under Advertising. The party with the best spin wins. Ever since “I Like Ike” we have allowed our culture to be ruled by snappy sound bytes and bullet comments instead of well thought out and considered opinions because we are just too lazy to think for a moment about anything. Thanks for pointing it out. The tough part is figuring out how to change 100 years of ingraining and training.

    1. Regan, changing things begins with you … and me … and each of us, one at a time.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  5. Reblogged this on Durable Faith and commented:
    Disturbingly accurate

  6. Fantastic post, Rebecca. What you say here is all too true, in my experience. I remember in 2008, a friend of mine being very excited at the prospect of John McCain “taking back the Supreme Court,” and I had to point out to him that at the time, 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices were GOP appointees, but Roe is still the law of the land… it’s disheartening, but the first step towards fixing the problem is acknowledging the problem.

    1. This is exactly why I’m writing this.

      “it’s disheartening, but the first step towards fixing the problem is acknowledging the problem.”

  7. You miss the central point that murder and hence abortion is not a Constitutional power given to the Federal government by the States.

    Thoreau got it when he said:
    “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve. “

    1. I agree that the Supreme Court moved into the legislative arena and essentially created a large, far-reaching federal statute with Roe. Or, I suppose you might say that they re-wrote the Constitution and added their own amendment — and it was an enormous, rambling amendment.

      1. Jefferson did say:
        “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions (is) a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

        and he did coauthor the rule of 98 dealing with this issue:

        1. I don’t know too much about this, but I think — not know, but think — that Jefferson said this during the Aaron Burr treason trial. This Constitutional crisis was the point at which the Supreme Court’s supremacy (pun not really intended) in interpreting the Constitution was established as a practice.

          That aside, I’m not clear as to what you are suggesting in practical terms. The Supreme Court rules, and it is the law. At that point, the solutions are either statutory, (depending on what the ruling was) a Constitutional Amendment, further appeals to the Court, or anarchy. Agreement doesn’t enter into it.

      2. Hmm my reply that was posted here never made it to press. Guess I need to start making copies of things. 🙂

        1. InalienableWrights, I just saw these two posts. I’m not going to allow the first one because of the language you use. Don’t use vulgar language, especially when you are talking about Jesus.

          I know this kind of language is commonplace, but I just don’t want it on this blog.

          If you will re-word your post, cleaning up the language, I will allow it.

  8. Reblogged this on nebraskaenergyobserver and commented:
    On parts one and two of this series I, with input from “The Peanut Gallery”, has added extensively and republished. Not this time, this stands on its own. The only note is that Rebecca is here talking about the anti-infanticide campaign but, it is no less true for any other single issue voters out there.

  9. Thank you for this re-blog and all the others. I’ve come to count on you.

  10. Sounds like the majority of the career politicians have sold their souls for money and votes. Why doesn’t that surprise me?

    1. The sad part is that they don’t have to do this. It is entirely possible to hold elected office and do what’s right.

      1. You made me change my title for the countdown to the election from: Will You Vote Pro-Life? to Will You Vote for Integrity? It seems more in keeping with your excellent points in this post.

  11. It is good to be aware from the inside that not all politicians who say they are pro-life are – this is true in either party.

    We of course have seen that same thing on the Democrat side of the aisle for years.When push came to shove pro-life Democrats would vote with their party if their vote was needed to defeat a pro-life or pass a pro-abortion measure. Otherwise they were ‘allowed’ to vote pro-life (when their vote had no real consequence).Now more so then ever!

    In California where I live – we have seen the Democrat party purged of any pro-life politicians. Not so in the 80’s when we first moved here – the Senate pro-tem leader David Roberti was a great champion of the unborn. He even spoke at Right to life dinners. My husband met with him a number of times to discuss pro-life legislation. But now to be a Democrat politician in this state- you need to be pro-abortion.

    Here is a great example: Jerry Brown (now gov of CA) stated early in 1988 after returning from working with Mother Teresa that “the killing of the unborn is crazy” and he said his work with the dying “gave me a different perspective on the whole question of abortion.” He said he could not support abortion after spending time “confronting and protecting the lives of the suffering with not as high a quality of life as a three-month fetus that is healthy and has potential,”

    By December of that year when he was running for Party Chairmanship he had changed his tune even stating that he probably was for the state paying for abortion (I believed he had been taken to the woodshed).

    Of course big name politicians like Al Gore, Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton all changed their minds about abortion to conform to their party platform. They put political ambition above any values they may have once held ( or they were pro-life when it was expedient and when it was no longer expedient they changed).

    Yes, there are fake pro-life Republicans but the Democrat party has left the pro-life movement no choice!

    One more comment about Mitt Romney. A friend of mine in Massachusetts says he was becoming pro-life during his governorship in Massachusetts. He was vetoing and pushing pro-life policy during that time. His is not an election year conversion. Also wonderful and integral people like Mary Ann Glendon (who teaches law at Harvard) have come out saying he is in fact genuinely pro-life (she has had the access to him to ask questions as well as been in Massachusetts during his tenure).

    1. You’re right about the Democrats. They were more or less pro life in the 80s and have moved into their current pro abortion attitude during the intervening years. What you describe; people changing their opinion to suit the party leadership, is what I saw Republicans do here in Oklahoma when they began killing pro life bills. What made it worse is that the pro life groups who got them elected were actually afraid of them, I think because they didn’t have anywhere else to go. I’m not advocating for either party.

      FWIW, most of the dems here in Oklahoma have tried mightily to purge me from the party. Others, notably organized labor, have supported me. They paid for this by being attacked and reviled by the rest of the party, and they held firm. I’ve been a lightning rod on the pro life issue here in Oklahoma BECAUSE I’m a Democrat, a woman, a former pro choice advocate AND I stand up on the issue to the point of crossing my own party — or the other party — when they work against life.

      From what I’ve seen, almost everyone, of both parties, will do what their party wants if the pressure is great enough.

      Thanks for the information about Romney. I wasn’t aware of this.

      1. Thanks for your comments – it is good to be aware that Republicans as well as Democrats can be duplicitous on this issue. I hope I didn’t offend you with my comments – I just wanted to give a bit of history why long time pro-lifers vote R.

        Thanks to you for taking the heat – something that Jerry Brown and a lot of big name politicians could not do. I am sure it is very difficult. I admire you for it.

    2. You didn’t offend me at all. I agree with you. Thank you for your love for the unborn. I respect it deeply.

    3. Another post has failed to materialize. I am perplexed….

      While I am here let me say how wonderful it would be if Christians had as much reference for the born as they do for the unborn. From their actions it seems they have nothing but disdain for the born.

      1. This is the only post I’ve gotten. Try again and let me know if it doesn’t go through.

      2. I found a post of yours in spam and told the computer it wasn’t spam. Now I don’t know where it went. I’ll try to answer it if I ever see it again.

        1. Thanks Rebecca 🙂 Will try to do most of this off blog now that I know your email.

      3. FWIW, I found quite a few posts in spam. All the others appear to actually be spam, including the porn sites.

        Fortunately, WordPress is evidently really good at filtering these out since I never saw them until I looked in the file.

    4. Not to be rude – but we all need to wake up and realize that the abortion issue is but one of many. many. many. evils that politicians are involved in. Both parties promise to implement the communist manifest and to steal from your neighbor to give you things. How can any christian vote for either party?

      “Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is still voting for evil and is the same as if you committed the evil yourself. Morally the same as if you hired a hit man, a thief, or a rapist.
      For the life of me I do not understand how a Christian could vote for either of the 2 flavors of evil that we are offered.” ~JT

      Have you not figured out that we really don’t have a government? Just puppets controlled by the bankers. (The only people that [CENSORED & NOT SURE WHY] off Jesus Christ) Getting vetted at Builderburg, doing mock sacrifices at the Bohemian Grove, taking orders from the council on foreign relations.

      Our government runs one of the largest child sex rings on the planet. It was documented in a book by ex senator John W. DeCamp. Read the Franklin Coverup:

      Live in denial if you wish. Your children will curse you for doing so, and I don’t think the creator will be too happy with you either.

      1. Thank you for making the change in wording!

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    1. Thank you for the re-blog!

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