He said: “At least one slave lives.”
A white Republican lawmaker from southeastern Oklahoma has faced criticism for comparing conservative rights in efforts to end abortion with the fight against slavery.
Roland Representative Jim Olsen delivered the above speech at the House Public Health Committee meeting on Wednesday, which is reviewing various anti-abortion bills.
According to KOCO-TV, when asked to clarify his comments, Olsen said: “None of us want to be slaves.” “If I have to choose, I think I will be a slave. At least one slave lives.” Once your life is gone, it is gone.”
Democrats in the House of Representatives immediately condemned Olsen’s remarks, while the State party called for a formal condemnation. It is uncertain whether Olsen will be disciplined by the House of Commons.
Tulsa Democratic Rep. Denise Brewer (Denise Brewer) said: “Today we hear people claim that the struggle for abortion is greater than the hundreds of years that African Americans have been kidnapped and enslaved, and they have not controlled their bodies. , The family does not even recognize that they are human.” “Those insensitive thoughts still exist in our Capitol and are good.”
Olsen defended his comments on Thursday: “I made a very appropriate historical metaphor. I have never made a positive comment on slavery.” He added: “The evil at the time was in our society. China is acceptable, but it is unacceptable now. I hope the time has come for us to stop killing babies.”
Olsen’s bill makes it a crime to terminate pregnancy in Oklahoma. In addition to saving the life of the pregnant woman, it is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. This measure will enter the plenary meeting of the Chamber of Commerce for final consideration.