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‘The Squad’ reelected: Progressive group adds new members

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Members of the progressive Democrat “squad” in Congress won their reelection bids in Tuesday’s House elections. In 2018 the group first made their debut, coming onto the scene after taking long-held incumbent Democrat seats in their districts. The group, now known as the ‘squad’ promised from from their inception to shift the Democratic party more to the left and change the political status quo. That’s exactly what they’ve done.

First, the group has had the support of the Democratic socialists like Senator Bernie Sanders, D-VT, and they’ve teamed up with him. One of their biggest issues is to push a sweeping climate change agenda, known as “The Green New Deal” to reduce to net-zero emissions by 2030.

Moreover, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-NY, Ilhan Omar, D-MN, Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, and Rashida Tlaib, D-MI have declared victories as results slowly rolled in Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

These four women have also reportedly expanded this election, by adding three new progressive Democrats to their team. That group of new members includes Cori Bush, D-MO, Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, and Mondaire Jones, D-NY.

“This moment is brought to us by us, by our movement for social, racial, and economic justice. Now, our movement is going to Congress and we will beat the challenges of this moment and the movement side by side, arm in arm with our fists in the air, with our fists in the air ready to serve each other until every single one of us is free. Thank you for electing me as your first Black congresswoman here in the State of Missouri,” said Bush in her victory speech Tuesday night.

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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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