Congresswoman Reveals Having Had Abortion
California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier took aim at Republican Chris Smith of New Jersey for making defunding of Planned Parenthood a priority while minimizing the difficulty women and their families have when deciding whether or not to have abortions (via Plum Line). This goes to the heart of conservative arguments against abortion, that women view abortion as birth control and don’t struggle with what can be torturous decisions that are often made because of health issues.
“I really planned to speak about something else. But the gentleman from New Jersey just put my stomach in knots. Because I’m one of those women he spoke about just now. I had a procedure at 17 weeks pregnant with a child who moved from the vagina into the cervix. And that procedure that you just described is a procedure that I endured.
“I lost the baby. And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.”
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