District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser defended her decision to attend the Saturday night victory speech from Joe Biden in Delaware as essential after receiving criticism for violating the travel restrictions by visiting Delaware, a state which is on DC’s list of high-risk states for the novel coronavirus.
Bowser was speaking to reporters on Tuesday when one of them, referred to as Sam, asked her if her trip to Delaware was considered essential travel.
“Absolutely,” she replied.
“Let me just say this, Sam,” Bowser continued. “I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. And some of them are formal, and some of them are informal, but all of them are necessary.”
A round of applause then followed her answer.
She had answered a question from the same reporter right before this remark, explaining that the reason for her trip to Delaware was “to congratulate the Biden-Harris team on a historic victory and celebrate, for Washingtonians, what will be a change at the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” This remark was followed by applause from the crowd, too.
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“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.
The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.
Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
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