What would you think if your state legislature tried to make a law mandating it a felony for lawyers to represent anyone charged with a crime? You’d think that would be patently unconstitutional, right? Of course it would be. Anyone charged with a crime enjoys a constitutional right to employ a lawyer. If lawyers were banned by law from representing criminal defendants that would plainly violate the accused’s constitutional rights.
The very idea of such a situation is unthinkable. That’s because all lawmakers have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution. When they try to make laws which are plainly unconstitutional they are blatantly violating their oath of office. Any lawmaker who tries to undermine the Constitution in that fashion should be impeached and stripped of office.
Sadly, however, American lawmakers everywhere are constantly trying to undermine the Constitution and our precious constitutional rights by making laws which are plainly unconstitutional.
It is settled constitutional law in America, for example, that a woman has the right to an abortion. Never-mind that say Oklahoma lawmakers; they recently approved a bill without debate making it a felony punishable with prison time and loss of license for doctors to perform abortions.
So you see, it’s not at all unthinkable to the ultra-right-wing religiously oriented lawmakers in America. They have no respect for the Constitution unless it serves their religious agenda.
Fortunately they didn’t quite get away with it this time. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, (a fervent anti-abortion advocate in her own right), vetoed the bill because even she recognized that it was brazenly unconstitutional. State Sen. Ervin Yen, the only doctor in the Senate and also a Republican described the legislation as “insane” and voted against it.
My prediction, however, is that those same miscreant lawmakers will keep their offices and continue right on flouting the Constitution in Oklahoma.