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Oklahoma House representative compares abortion to slavery

Posted On: Apr 15, 2021   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Oklahoma House representative compares abortion to slavery

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma House member came under fire Wednesday for making a comment some are calling racially insensitive, comparing abortion and slavery.
Rep. Jim Olsen was introducing his bill, SB 612, which would abolish abortion by making it a felony for doctors to perform the surgery, to the House Public Health Committee.
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In his argument, he compared the fight to abolish abortion to a long push to abolish slavery by one man in Great Britain.
“If we believe that these are really living human beings in the womb of a woman, then this is absolutely worth doing, even if it takes a long time,” Olsen said.
But the message was a miss for some in the room, particularly Rep. Ajay Pittman.
“Just to clarify what you just said, you're saying saving the lives of slaves or saving the lives of an unborn child is more important than saving the lives of slaves?” Pittman asked in Committee.
“The context that I was addressing that, none of us would like to be killed. None of...

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