There are two things that every woman living in Oklahoma hates: 1. The unrealistic beauty standards normalized by the idolization of the flawlessness that is Reba McEntire and 2. Our esteemed male lawmakers pushing bills that aim to take away our body autonomy. Every time we turn around it seems like some representative is introducing legislation that strips our rights. But not today! Finally, we have an Oklahoma lawmaker who is pro-choice in this state!
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A state senator started a petition this week arguing the government does not have the authority to enforce local mask mandates…
Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm is urging Oklahomans to sign his petition saying wearing a mask should be a personal decision.
“This is about government forced mask mandates. If you want to wear a mask in public, if you want to require in your business, in your home, your private property, you can certainly do that,” Dahm said.
The petition says “We are free people. Our body is our private property and should be treated as such.”
It sounds like Dahm is a reformed man! After pushing for bullshit legislation like this one in 2016 that tried to make abortions a felony in Oklahoma and strip the medical licenses of doctors providing the service, it is great to see that he finally understands the importance of body autonomy.
But some Oklahomans are second-guessing Dahm’s new-found perspective…
ACLU of Oklahoma says the language is similar that used by pro-choice advocates.
“Senator Dahm has co-opted language from folks who say ‘our body, our choice’ on personal, private healthcare decisions to try to use that about how people engage in public settings in ways that affect broader public health and safety,”
Planned Parenthood Great Plains also sent News 4 this statement in response-
“It’s rare that anti-abortion politicians who have long-criticized the work we do would want to get on board with pro-reproductive health care messaging. However, the common thread here is plain to see: ignoring evidence-based science and the advice of medical professionals to distract, disinform, and deflect attention from an unpopular political agenda.
Like a college freshman who is three weeks deep into their Intro to Political Science class, Senator Dahm’s political stance appears to have swung hard and fast to the left. For those on the outside looking in, it’s easy to be skeptical when someone seems to change their ideology so rapidly. That’s probably why the Oklahoma ACLU and Planned Parenthood are having a hard time seeing that Dahm is a changed, pro-choice man. But come on, guys. If Dahm really were truly a pro-life advocate, he’d be advocating FOR the masks, not against them.
Mask away. Then follow Hayley on twitter @squirrellygeek