Friday, February 18, 2011

Congresswoman talks about her abortion(?) on House floor

According to a FOX News blog and The Hill a congresswoman from California named Jackie Speier told the House of Representatives she had an abortion.
A contentious debate over blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer money took an unexpected turn just before midnight Thursday when Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) shocked her colleagues by announcing on the House floor that she once had an abortion.

Just before Speier assumed the floor, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), one of the most ardent anti-abortion voices in Congress, spent several minutes reading explicit descriptions of what happened to one woman when she had an abortion.

"I planned to speak about something else. But the gentleman from New Jersey just put my stomach in knots," Speier began. "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. The procedure you just described is the procedure I endured."
I'm not sure if she was misquoted but an unborn child can't move from the vagina (did she mean uterus/womb?) into the cervix.

The Hill article includes this quote:
“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,” Speier said, glaring at the Republicans on the other side of the aisle.
That makes it sound like she had a miscarriage and then the child was removed after he or she died.

A Washington Post article notes that Representative Smith was reading Abby Johnson's description of an ultrasound guided abortion from her book unPlanned.

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