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Democratic socialists celebrate ‘whole new crop’ of members elected to Congress

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“A whole new crop of democratic socialists in office coming,” says the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), who had a majority of its endorsed candidates see victories in Tuesday night’s elections. The group declared 26 victories by Wednesday morning, out of the 30 candidates endorsed.

The long list of congressional elects includes members of “The Squad” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, Rashida Tlaib, D-MI, and Ilhan Omar, D-MN. The list also included wins for freshman Reps. Cori Bush, D-MO and Jamaal Bowman, D-NY.

DSA has over 70,000 members backing the belief that “many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives,” according to its website.

“Democracy and socialism go hand in hand,” the progressive group says. “All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well—everywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US.”

Some of the policies endorsed by DSA include Medicare for All, abolishing U.S. Customs Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, and passing the sweeping Green New Deal climate plan.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“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.”

 

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