Editorial: God bless Dahm, Brumbaugh; Shame on Gov. Mary Fallin

God bless Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. David Brumbaugh!

These are Godly men of great character. Neither is a professional politician but they are public servants who ran for office so they could make Broken Arrow and Oklahoma better places.

When Dahm and Brumbaugh say something, especially during a campaign, their “yes means yes and their no means no.” Both are Broken Arrow Republicans.

Dahm was the author of Senate 1552, which would have cost a doctor his state medical license if he committed an abortion. Dahm, an expert on constitutional issues, had cleverly designed an end run around Roe v. Wade by invoking the state’s right to control medical licensing.

Not only did Dahm craft a solid bill, he arranged for support from more than a thousand Oklahoma pastors and lay people. He also secured private funding for the anticipated legal challenge from Liberty Counsel, a Christian nonprofit that champions Biblical values throughout America.

The courage of Dahm and Brumbaugh drew the praise from all over the United States from those who oppose the American Holocaust – the legalized slaughter of unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs.

Co-authors for this legislation included Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee; Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw; Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Tulsa; Rep. Travis Dunlap, R-Bartlesville; and Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. Dahm, Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa; Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow; Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner; Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa; Newberry; and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, all risked their careers and voted for the final Senate version.

Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, voted to affirm abortion. Crain, a self-proclaimed “pro-life” senator, is term limited and has nothing to lose yet he voted against saving the lives of unborn babies. In fact, Crain voted against the bill three times.

Brumbaugh led the votes in the House, which included yes votes on the final version from David Derby, R-Owasso; Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa; Terry O’Donnell; Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa; Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; and Strohm. Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, had voted all previous versions of the bill but was excused from the final vote.

Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, R-Tulsa, perhaps the most liberal progressive in the Legislature, voted against saving the lives of unborn babies five times, including in the Public Health Committee.

But this bold effort was halted by a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin.


Fallin, another self-proclaimed “pro-life” Republican, sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Center for Reproductive Rights and other abortion-on-demand radicals and vetoed SB1552.

The bill was enthusiastically supported by the American Family Association, Vision America, Liberty Council, Bott Radio Network, the Rev. Franklin Graham and Oklahoma’s Reclaiming America for Christ (representing more than a thousand state pastors).

It was supported by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. It was supported by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma; U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma; and U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma.

It was a monumental betrayal by Fallin.

Liberty Counsel Mat Staver called Fallin’s action “despicable.” “As one who proclaims to be pro-life, her actions run counter to her words,” said Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “This is a despicable betrayal of her word and of innocent children whose lives will be cut short because of her cowardly act. I encourage the Oklahoma legislators to veto the governor and Liberty Counsel stands ready to defend this bill.”

Staver and a group of Oklahoma pastors met with Fallin on October 8, 2105, and informed her of the bill and the strategy to drive abortion from Oklahoma.  Fallin indicated her support.

“Gov. Fallin had the chance to be the governor who brought down abortion,” said Pastor Paul Blair of Edmond. “All she had to do was sign this overwhelmingly popular bill and then let Liberty Counsel defend it in court. It would have cost the state nothing to try.

“Six thousand babies will die this year (in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman). Their blood is on the governor’s hands.

Why did Fallin betray her rhetoric and the Republican Party platform? She is term limited and must leave office after 2018. Signing the bill would have no political consequence unless she has plans to run for the U.S. Senate. If that were the case, a courageous endorsement of the fight to end abortion would have been a plus in Oklahoma. At worst, she had a third choice of not signing the bill and it would have automatically gone into effect shortly.

Some are trying to get Fallin on the short list for Trump’s vice presidential selection because she is a woman to counter Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee. That is a pipe dream. Fallin doesn’t have the capacity or character to be vice president (and, God forbid, the president of the United States). The only point in her favor is that she and Trump both claim to be “pro-life” and are not. Trump would allow legalized abortion in cases of rape and incest – a progressive, pro-abortion position at best.

Actions speak louder than words.

Fallin is more concerned about the opinion of her well-heeled handlers in the chamber of commerce crowd than the life of Oklahoma’s unborn children. History will treat her in the same category as liberal Democrat Brad Henry. (And Lord help Fallin when she stands before Almighty God on Judgment Day and has to explain this veto).

Dahm and Brumbaugh are drawing national attacks for standing true to their character and campaign promises. Christians in Broken Arrow need to support their re-election.

The fight against evil is not over. In the end, God will have the last say.