Oklahoma lawmaker in national spotlight for Supreme Court slip-up
OKLAHOMA CITY – It is no secret that most lawmakers across Oklahoma are against abortion.
However, it is what one lawmaker said during an interview with MSNBC that has him in the national spotlight.
MSNBC was doing a story on a couple in Oklahoma City who wanted to end a pregnancy in the Sooner State but was forced to head out-of-state to have an abortion.
It also takes a look into the Oklahoma legislature and what lawmakers have to say on the issue.
After the state Supreme Court struck down many conservative abortion laws, MSNBC asked Rep. Mike Ritze about his thoughts on Oklahoma’s judiciary.
He replied, “Maybe as we see more Republicans, there will be fewer and fewer liberal judges appointed. “
Ritze continued, “More of what we call the original intent-type of judge. Your Anton [sic] Scalias and your judge, the black judge, the Supreme Court judge.”
Antonin Scalia is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
He is also the longest-serving justice who is currently on the court.
Scalia was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and is known for his conservative views.
The “black judge” Ritze was referring to is Clarence Thomas.
Thomas was only the second African-American appointed to the High Court, replacing Thurgood Marshall.
Thomas was promoted by Reagan to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before becoming a member of the Supreme Court.
Since becoming a justice, he has voted frequently with other conservatives.