State Representative Mike Ritze (R) of Oklahoma had a bit of trouble remembering Justice Clarence Thomas' name in an interview with MSNBC, so he described the Supreme Court member as best he could by referring to “the black judge.”
Said Ritze, "Maybe as we see more Republicans, there will be fewer and fewer liberal judges appointed. 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.”
In the interview, part of an extensive piece on abortion regulation in his state, Ritze also implied that the pro-choice movement has similarities with Nazi Germany. He alleged that Margaret Sanger, founder of the organization that became Planned Parenthood, used Hitler’s ideas as inspiration.
Spurning the idea that the GOP is waging a “war on women,” Ritze stated, “I’ve heard about it and I’ve heard some of the feminists talk about it. But I really don’t think there is a war on women unless you go to an Arab country.”
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Ritze also once said that British people have bad teeth due to socialized medicine.
The story chronicled the harrowing journey of a couple who planned a pregnancy, and later learned that their unborn son had holoprosencephaly, a major brain deformity that made the chances of surviving birth extremely slim. Even if the baby managed to survive the birth process, physicians determined that he would not live more than a year.
Mother Jessica, 23, told MSNBC “I could let my son go on and suffer,” or have an abortion and “and do the best thing for my baby.”
But Oklahoma laws made the abortion process a long and excruciating one, adding to the torment of an already devastated family. Jessica was forced to travel to Dallas for the procedure, sleeping in the car with her husband and three children when they ran out of money to pay for a motel.