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Sen. Cruz says he’ll present oral argument, if PA mail-in voting case goes to SCOTUS: Fox News

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If a Pennsylvania lawsuit over mail-in voting winds up heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Fox News that he will “stand ready to present the oral argument”.

“Petitioners’ legal team has asked me whether I would be willing to argue the case before the Supreme Court, if the Court grants certiorari,” a statement to Fox News from Cruz reads. “I have agreed, and told them that, if the Court takes the appeal, I will stand ready to present the oral argument.”

Moreover, the case was brought by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Sean Parnell, a Republican congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, and they argue that mail-in voting is unconstitutional and thus the mail-in ballots should be thrown out, according to Fox News congressional correspondent Mike Emmanuel on Monday’s episode of “Bill Hemmer Reports.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that Cruz has argued in front of a court, having once served as the solicitor general for Texas and having appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court nine times, Emmanuel told Hemmer.

“As I said last week, the bitter division and acrimony across the Nation needs resolution,” Cruz also said to Fox News. “I believe the Supreme Court has that responsibility to the American People to ensure, within its powers, that we are following the law and following the Constitution.”

So far, President Donald Trump‘s legal team and supporters have launched dozens of legal cases challenging the 2020 presidential election in multiple swing states but none have been successful in changing the winner in any states.

As President-elect Joe Biden continues to name appointees for his incoming administration, Trump refuses to concede the election. There are reports that Trump is considering another run in 2024, possibly even announcing such a run on Inauguration Day at a rumored political rally in Florida instead of attending Biden’s swearing-in ceremony in accordance with tradition.

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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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