In a Monday statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he will not be throwing out the first pitch at the opening game of the Texas Rangers’ season.
“I was looking forward to it – until Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgie, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta,” Abbott said.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” he added.
Last week, MLB made the decision to move its All Star Game out of the state of Georgia over a newly enacted election law that Democrats argue resembles Jim Crow Laws, arguing that it restricts voting access to Black voters.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
Many other companies such as Coca-cola and Delta Airlines have come out publicly against the new law, including former President Donald Trump, who is calling on Americans to boycott the companies.
On the other side of the aisle, some Democrats like Stacey Abrams have urged Americans not to boycott the companies that don’t condemn on the law.
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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.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
— Storme Jones (@StormeJones) May 25, 2022
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