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Rep. Stefanik says ‘we are seeing the chipping away of our civil liberties’ over vaccine requirements

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By Jenny Goldsberry

“Every American should be outraged we are seeing chipping away of civil liberties across the country,” Stefanik said. “And New York City unfortunately is ground zero for this.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) lashed out at Democrats in New York for the “chipping away of civil liberties.” Lately, New Yorkers need to reveal their vaccination status to enter to bars, gyms, concerts or even schools. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate across the state is relatively high. Stefanik talked about how vaccination requirements are affecting New Yorkers on Fox News Sunday.

“Every American should be outraged we are seeing chipping away of civil liberties across the country,” Stefanik said. “And New York City unfortunately is ground zero for this.”

After Governor Cuomo hosted a press release asking businesses to enforce vaccination requirements, business owners took on a new, executive role. “Now our restaurant owners are becoming law enforcement officers and having to make tough decisions as individuals are coming in with vaccine cards. Some of them are counterfeit cards,” Stefanik said. “This is not the rule of restaurants and we should not have policies that segregate those who have been vaccinated or not vaccinated.”

Concerned Parents

Meanwhile, the GOP Conference Chair says that most constituents are actually concerned parents, who want to know the state of public education. “We all want to make sure our kids get back to school in person but there’s already discussion about a mask mandate which is not based upon science,” Stefanik said. “We know that our kids, few are affected by COVID.”

Stefanik vouched for parents in the midst of a sexist scandal of her own. Vermont’s Channel 3 News blasted the New York representative for daring to serve in office while pregnant. A guest on the show Monday accused her of “not being at full energy” because of her pregnancy.

However Stefanik disputed the comments in a tweet saying: “yes, you can have it all.” She also said she is grateful to be “setting an example for all working moms across America.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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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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