[Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Chairwomen of the 2017 Platform Committee, Dr. Carolyn McLarty. Wayne Hill, who wrote the letter, was appointed by Rogers County to be a delegate. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. May 6th update: The proposed platform referred to in this article was not passed at the 2017 state convention due to a quorum call, so the platform still in effect is the 2015 platform passed. See related article here]
Dear Dr. McLarty,
“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God.” George Washington
“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy…. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams
Wayne Hill – Rogers County – I disavow the 2017 OKGOP Platform for the reasons stated below. Please remove my name from being associated with this document.
There are stands a man must take to live with oneself and before God. The defense of life is one of those foundational convictions and a cornerstone of all liberties. If we do not wholly and fully defend life what is worth defending?
In the 2015 OKGOP Principles we state: “Our right to life, liberty, and property are natural rights granted to us by God, protected by the Constitution…” Making an abortion permissible but conditional by mandating legal tasks is not defending the LIFE of the unborn child. Defending life is boldly stating, “Abortion will not stand in our state.” Today the Oklahoma Platform committee squandered an opportunity to tell fellow citizens and legislators we will stand unconditionally for protecting the life of the unborn. What we did tell them was, “if you fulfill these action steps and still want an abortion then so be it.” How does that truly defend life? Today on Saturday, April 8, 2017, we failed to replace a conditional abortion statement with a real prolife preservation stand. It was proposed that the committee adopt language that would outlaw performing abortions and stand against federal and judicial mandates, in essence exercising our 10th Amendment right and the nullification of Roe vs. Wade in Oklahoma. How can we expect our state officials to stand against the federal government if we as a citizenry fail to take an uncompromising position? If you believe the state is supreme and creator of the federal government, then this should not be controversial. The creation is not superior to the creator. Until a state exercises that right of superiority, it in essence, does not exist and we continue on the path of servitude and lost liberty, the very liberty the platform claims is ours to possess.
The 2017 OKGOP Platform on this issue approved by the committee reads: “We recognize that learning of an unexpected pregnancy is a life-changing moment. Therefore, we desire that a mother-to-be have sufficient time to explore all options regarding this new life. We recommend at least a 14-day waiting period for a woman considering an abortion. We also strongly support and recommend that she be provided with:
A. Time-informed consent.
B. Information identifying the developmental status of the unborn child.
C. At least one ultra sound.
D. Evidence indicating that the unborn child can feel sensation of pain.
E. Information regarding the psychological and medical risks associated with abortion, including the link between breast cancer and abortion.
F. Information on services available to mothers who choose to carry their children to birth.”
First – a pregnant women is not a mother-to-be, she is already a mother since it was also stated in the same sentence that this is new life. New life is a child, so she is a mother – not a mother to be. A mother-to-be would is a future state and this person is already pregnant. This verbiage also implies that if a mother is mandated to process through specified steps then she can choose to terminate the life of the baby. This is not defending life, or is it a prolife position, this is conditional abortion rights. We are contradicting ourselves, but more importantly, babies are still being aborted if Oklahoma were to implement this verbiage into law.
A delegate commented in the discussion of the proposed amendment that this change would invite a litany of lawsuits. First, so be it. I’m glad our Founding Fathers were people of conviction and didn’t contemplate the loss of life and fortune. Secondly, mandating preventive criteria will invite lawsuits. Thirdly, Liberty Council had promised a reputable law firm, to defend an anti-abortion law at no-charge to the state. You will have lawsuits period! One lawsuit will need to be defended by the state the other wont. Also for those who voted in favor of keeping the present language, I invite you to visit the dumpster of an abortion facility and have a face to face with the baby that was just terminated. Please explain to them that you don’t believe in abortion and are prolife, but the expense and hassle of lawsuits prevented the state from stopping your execution. I’m sure they would appreciate that explanation.
I now have a clearer understanding why Mary Fallin vetoed S.B. 1552 the prolife bill. There was no accountability from our 2015 Platform, her constituents didn’t demand life, they asked for no lawsuits.
Abortion is immoral and exterminates life. To not defend life is immoral and will exterminate liberty. My conscious is clear.
Wayne Hill is a grassroots, bible believing, liberty loving activist in Oklahoma. He works in the health care industry. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Cathy, and they have four grown children.