On Friday, May 20th, we woke to the happy news that the legislature of the great state of Oklahoma passed a law prohibiting abortion from the moment of conception (the only exceptions being rape and incest), and the governor said he would sign it. This was the law of my state of Maryland prior to Roe v. Wade taking it off the books in 1973 (indeed, all states criminalized abortion prior to 1973).
Oklahoma is leading the way for the nation and the Supreme Court needs to follow their example and rewrite this draft opinion according to our nation’s own Declaration of Independence as authority for the fact that preborn children’s lives are constitutionally protected from the moment of conception:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
President Ronald Reagan was understanding this, and in his National Sanctity of Human Life Day Proclamation, issued on the 14th of January, 1988, his words in the closing paragraph thereof have become known as the “Emancipation Proclamation of Preborn Children”.
President Reagan was undoubtedly familiar with the teachings of renowned constitutional law scholar John W. Brabner-Smith, of Washington, DC, whom we spoke of in our May letter. He taught his students at the International School of Law in Washington which he founded; that the Declaration of Independence is like the charter for our nation, and that the Constitution are like the bylaws of our nation.
It is an established principle of law that nothing in the bylaws of an organization can contradict the charter. In 1973, the Supreme Court bent over backwards, reading between the lines of the Civil War 14th amendment to declare a ‘right’ to abortion under the Constitution, and in so doing, flagrantly ignored the words of the Declaration of Independence that revered and protected preborn children, which were as plain as the nose on their faces.
The present Supreme Court is now compelled to strike down Roe as an egregious error, but in its place they must not leave a vacuum which would promote discord and dissent among the states by leaving it up to each state to decide.
When we established the nation, we didn’t say that all men will be viewed as being created equal in those colonies that believed it. We stated a truth that applied to all the colonies at the same time. Truth is universal. We can’t pick and choose. Indeed, the truths in our Declaration of Independence have been acknowledged worldwide.
The devil and his emissaries would put a spirit of fear in the Supreme Court – fear that would keep them from declaring the TRUTH that preborn human beings are recognized under our nation’s Declaration of Independence as being CREATED EQUAL and endowed by their CREATOR with… a right to life and liberty…
Pray that God will take away that spirit of fear and give the justices His Spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
The court is now poised at a critical tipping point. Perhaps it’s good that the draft opinion was leaked because it would be a mistake as written. The court has the Declaration of Independence on its side. The court has the truth of medical science and genetics on its side; that life begins, like everything else, at the beginning. They can say it however they want and put these truths together however they want, but we need one truth for one nation in accord with our nation’s pledge “One Nation under God”.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
R. Martin Palmer