The House Republicans have made punishing women for being sexually active a large part of their agenda in the opening weeks of the 2011 legislative session. From making a permanent and even more restrictive ban on federal dollars being used for abortions, to trying to defund family planning money many people rely on to subsidize birth control and STI testing and treatments, the GOP has made it clear that the budget deficit is simply an excuse to enact their own social agenda.
But women are no longer interested in being silent as they are demonized by primarily male Republican politicians. And not only are they fighting back, some are even fighting back on the floor.
Via Fox News:
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.”
Hushed conversations in the back of the chamber between aides and lawmakers ceased as Speier made the declaration to her colleagues.
“For you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly, is preposterous,” Speier said to Smith.
No woman wants to have an abortion. No woman gets pregnant with the purpose of terminating a pregnancy. And no politician has the right to decide for other women what she should or shouldn’t do with her body, either through emotional coercion or by forcing a choice on her by financially cutting off her access to anything but giving birth to an unwanted child.
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