Oklahoma lawmakers apologize for commenting on “colored babies” during the heated debate in the State House over abortion laws
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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – During a heated debate over abortion laws in the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Brad Boles, R-Marlow, used the term “colored” to refer to babies.
“As a black woman old enough to be his mother, I am shocked that someone will use the term colored in 2021,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party leader Alicia Andrews.
The House of Representatives met for quite a while on Tuesday, well into the night after the meeting was recognized at around 2 p.m. This can happen as early as five to six weeks after conception. Another bill would suspend the license of any doctor who performs an abortion, except in cases of theft or death.
While discussing these bills, Boles once made a statement on the floor that a percentage of aborted babies were “colored”.
“Colored is not part of your normal lexicon. If it’s not part of your normal dictionary, it won’t just come out. So it’s part of him, ”said Andrews. “When we have that in Lincoln, I’ll be a little nervous and scared.”
Andrews and the Oklahoma Democratic Party demanded an apology, and that is exactly what happened on the floor of the house around 5:30 p.m.
“Through a slip of the tongue, I said a word that was not what it was supposed to be, so I apologize for any member of the House or listening online that I may be offended,” Boles said in his apology.
Andrews and the Oklahoma Democrats said they are still trying to figure out why Boles made the comment.
“It’s insulting to hear in the grocery store, it’s insulting just to be heard out in the world,” said Andrews. “The comment was made in the hallway, the comment was made where laws are being made that the comment was made by an incumbent legislature.”
There have also been heated debates after the issue of abortion. The House of Representatives got so loud at some point that two floor members mentioned taking things outside and doing them like men.
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