Republican Cites Daughter’s Abortion In No Vote On Ban


The battle over abortion rights is becoming so contentious in Georgia that it is threatening to split the state’s Republican base.

Rep. Ron Stephens (R) is an anti-choice Republican but recently voted against a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. He was one of 16 other Republicans opposing the measure and recently described that experience to the Savannah Morning News.

Stephens voted against the bill in part based on his own daughter Ashlin’s pregnancy just a few years prior when her child was diagnosed with trisomy, a debilitating and tragic genetic defect. After hearing the devastating news, the family opted for abortion.

“At five months, they told her part of her baby’s brain was outside the skull and the heart was inverted,” he said. “They said it would take only one or two breaths. She would have watched it die.” After huddling with her family, she opted for an abortion.

When the bill initially came to a vote in the House, there was no opportunity to amend it to provide exceptions for such situations. Stephens said he was so upset he felt sick and walked off the floor during the roll call.

“For something this cruel to happen to my daughter, or anyone’s daughter,” he said, “is just plain inhumane. I consider myself pro-life, but this provision was a distortion of pro-life values.”

Once the bill was amended to exempt “medically futile” pregnancies Stephens ultimately voted for it.
But it wasn’t enough for the hard right that is driving the Republican party nationwide. After the vote Stephens and other Republicans who voted against the cruel bill were immediately attacked by the Peach Tea Party for breaking ranks.

It’s always a good reminder that the Tea Party is not, nor was it really ever, about anything other than promoting a radical right agenda dressed up as “fiscal reform.”


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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you for article.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights.

Heather O.
Heather O5 years ago

Okay, I've tried to find out how to get in touch with the author, but so far, natch...can you PLEASE change the article to reflect the ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS of the fetus? Not TRISOMY, but TRIPLOIDY.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M5 years ago

"How about being "responsible" instead of stupid?"

This admonition, coming as it does from long-time troll Steve R., has to qualify for most hypocritical statement of the year. This moron doesn't even bother to read the articles anymore.....but no real loss there, because his comments, as here, rarely address the topics in any substantive way.

Jennifer Schultz
Jennifer Schultz5 years ago

to steve r. have you never heard of reproductive abuse? I have been a nurse for over 20 years. a gentlemans' soon to be wife had an IUD put in; which he didnt agree with. He proceeded to put his fist inside her and pull it out!!!!!!!!! needless to say he got 20 years in prison and SHE WAS NEVER ABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN SHE WAS SPLIT APART!!!!!!!!!!!!
Men put holes in condoms, sabotage womens' birth control pills and then when they get pregnant the man will often throw her down the stairs when they do get pregnant. Birth control does fail. Twice in the last two months TWO BATCHES OF WOMENS' BIRTH CONTROL PILLS WERE NOT EFFECTIVE. I know a surgeon when he tied a womans tubes he never used to take stills(pics)when he did the laparosopy. That is until he got sued cause a patient of his got pregnant. Then he took lots of stills when he cut out the piece of tube and after he cauterized it.
You are extremely ignorant of the cases of failed birth control. Also, rich santorums' wife was with an older man before she married rick, he was 17 years older than she was-he was a late term abortion provider. Her last pregnancy the fetus had a deformity, they tried intrauterine surgery but then she got an infection. his wife ended up having an abortion BECAUSE HIS WIFE WOULD HAVE DIED IF SHE DIDNT HAVE ONE.

Lyn B.
Lyn B5 years ago

I sent Lori A. a green star but I also wanted to say it outloud as well!

Thank you for your post.
I have said similiar and it looks like we will have to keep saying it til we turn blue.

At least his personal epiphany made a difference.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Prolife---Until something happens to them or theirs its OK.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey5 years ago

“If a child conceived by rape is a ‘blessing from God,’ does that mean the rapists are Angels on Earth doing God’s Work?”

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

Good for Representative Stevens standing up for women, even if it was only in a limited fashion.

Republicans: GO TALK TO WOMEN. Even the ones who have reservations about abortion tend to have a long list of 'unless'es. Unless it's endangering the mother. Unless it's medical unviable. Unless it was incest or rape. Then go look at our messed up foster system and tell me you would want your grandchild to end up there.