The Oklahoma Senate voted against bringing a controversial anti-abortion bill (SB 13) to the floor. The author of the bill, Senator Joseph Silk, describes the bill as an “equal protection bill,” and it would most noteably classify all abortion as homicide.
In an interview with KOCO News 5 ABC, Silk explained further, saying:
“Senate Bill 13…defines life beginning at the moment of conception, offers those lives equal protection under the law, and therefore classifies any intentional killing of unborn children as homicide….
The medical exception is not explicitly oultined, but…the language of the bill does not prevent a doctor from perfoming basic medical triage. It just says that a physician needs to…treat both lives equally. If he is not able to save both…he will not be charged with murder….”
This bill has obvioulsy been denounced by Oklahoma Democrats with the usual emotional and irrational ‘my body, my choice’ type of objections. There’s no surprise there.
What’s significant about the debate over this bill, though, is that it has put on display the growing divide between mainstream pro-life advocates and abortion abolitionists.
Both of these groups are generally anti-abortion, but there are clear differences in strategy and expediency.
The mainstaream pro-life movement is sticking with the strategy of the last 47 years, pushing the incremental and regulatory approach. Meanwhile, the abolitionists believe that the only just strategy is to outright ban the practice and count unborn humans as equal under law to born humans.
Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat takes the more mainstream approach, so he is in opposition to the bill.
Treat explained his opposition saying, “I agree with abolishing abortion….[and] if I thought that Senate Bill 13 would save a single human life, I would be on board fully.” He believes the bill is “fatally flawed” because it lacks consideration for the Roe vs Wade ruling.
Abolitionists would agree that this bill essentially ignores the Roe vs Wade ruling, but they wouldn’t agree that this makes the bill flawed.
The abolitionists (like Silk) who crafted the bill don’t believe the state should even acknowledge the courts Roe vs Wade ruling due to it’s aburd and unconstitutional basis. They see it being the states responsibility to challenge the court with laws such as this.
This bill and others like it are seeing some traction around the US, with a growing abolitionst movement. This is the second time this particular bill has been considered, after having been rejected a hearing in 2019, as well.
This fight between the mainstream pro-life movement and the abolitionist movement is likely to continue in the coming months and years. So, it shouldn’t be surprising if we see this bill eventually get to the Okalahoma Senate floor.
Betrayal? President Trump Flirts with DACA Amnesty
On July 10, 2020, President Trump announced that he would sign “a very major immigration bill” in the next month or so.
This bill would create a “road to citizenship” to approximately 800,000 illegal aliens who are under the umbrella of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In an interview with Telemundo on July 10, Trump said he is crafting an amnesty plan that would allow hundreds of thousands of DACA illegal aliens to stay permanently in the U.S. and eventually receive American citizenship.
Trump said that DACA proposal would be revealed “over the next four weeks.” The president continued:
I’m going to do a big executive order. I have the power to do it as president. And I’m going to make DACA a part of it. But we put it in and we’re probably then going to be taking it out. We’re working out the legal complexities right now, but I’m going to be signing a very major immigration bill as an executive order. I’m going to make DACA a part of it.
No, what I’m going to do is that they’re going to [be] part of a much bigger bill on immigration. It’s going to be a very big bill, a very good bill, and merit-based bill, and it will include DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy.
In the meantime, we’ll put it in, we’ll take it out… I think people are going to be very happy with it, but one of the aspects of the bill, which frankly, nobody knows about until right now because I told no other report[ers], so you have breaking news. Congratulations. But one of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We’re going to have a road to citizenship.
Trump stated that the recent series of Supreme Court rulings have granted him “tremendous powers” over immigration:
If you look at the Supreme Court ruling, they gave the president tremendous powers when they said that you could take in, in this case, 700,000 or so people, so they gave powers. Based on the powers that they gave, I’m going to be doing an immigration bill. One of the aspects of the bill that you will be very happy with, and that a lot of people will be, including me and a lot of Republicans, by the way, will be DACA. It gives them a road to citizenship.
Trump’s comments came following the Supreme Court’s ruling from last month that the Trump administration cannot end Obama’s DACA program and would have to go through another set of paperwork to do so. Trump said he would quickly refile the paperwork to kill DACA at that point in time.
Trump criticized House and Senate Democrats for not cooperating with him on DACA amnesty legislation. He said:
I’m taking care of DACA. I had a deal with the Democrats and they broke the deal. The DACA could have been taken care of two years ago, but the Democrats broke the deal. All of a sudden they just broke it for no reason. Actually, they had a court case that slightly went their way, and they said, ‘Oh, let’s not talk about the deal anymore.’ You remember that. We talked about it.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere revealed that the president is crafting an executive order related to immigration.
As the President announced today, he is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system to further protect U.S. workers,” Deere commented.
“Furthermore, the President has long said he is willing to work with Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA, one that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms. This does not include amnesty,” Deere added. “Unfortunately, Democrats have continually refused these offers as they are opposed to anything other than totally open borders.
John Binder of Breitbart News highlighted some of the implications of a DACA amnesty:
A DACA amnesty would put more citizen children of illegal aliens — known as “anchor babies” — on federal welfare, as Breitbart News reported, while American taxpayers would be left potentially with a $26 billion bill.
Any plan to give amnesty to DACA illegal aliens that does not also include provisions to halve legal immigration levels — the U.S. admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants a year at the expense of America’s working and middle class — would give amnestied illegal aliens the opportunity to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
Trump’s remarks were met with pushback from legislators such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who believe that Trump’s decision was unconstitutional
“There is ZERO constitutional authority for a President to create a ‘road to citizenship’ by executive fiat,” Cruz tweeted. “It was unconstitutional when Obama issued executive amnesty, and it would be a HUGE mistake if Trump tries to illegally expand amnesty.”
There is ZERO constitutional authority for a President to create a “road to citizenship” by executive fiat.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 10, 2020
The political implications of such an amnesty could be massive.
Trump must reject DACA and actually implement immigration restriction policies such as ending birthright citizenship, ending chain migration, fully funding the border wall, and implementing an immigration moratorium.
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