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Rep. Jackie Speier Rips Rep. Mike Pence During Abortion Debate: 'I Lost a Baby'


Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered an emotional and personal rebuttal during a debate over abortion last night.

The WaPo reports: "The debate was over GOP Rep. Mike Pence's drive to defund Planned Parenthood. Speier's outburst was triggered by GOP Rep. Chris Smith, who had read aloud graphic descriptions of abortion from a book only moments before."

Said Speier: "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 a 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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  1. Good for her! Why would a man be qualified to make any comments affecting a woman's childbearing capacity?

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 18, 2011 11:49:49 AM

  2. Fabulous. Pass this video around!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 18, 2011 11:55:45 AM

  3. this woman is Right......When Men can Have babys come Out of them - then and ONLy then should they have a say - until then - STFU!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 18, 2011 12:05:01 PM

  4. OMG, everyone should see this video! What the Republicans are doing right now in the House is trying to turn the clock back to when women, gays, and minorities had no rights. This is the canary in the mineshaft, people. The Republicans won't stop with just women's rights.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Feb 18, 2011 12:06:12 PM

  5. Looks like the republicans only want to fight the culture war; while US cities drown in unemployment and health issues.

    Posted by: bgk | Feb 18, 2011 12:12:44 PM

  6. This is not about abortion. The actions of these men in the House are an all-out attack on family planning, breast and cervical cancer prevention, and sex education. For gay men, this is an attack on our mothers, our aunts, our sisters, our nieces, our cousins, and our friends. It is religious fundamentalism at its worst, and it won't stop. We will be next if not already in the cross-hairs.

    Posted by: Billy | Feb 18, 2011 12:16:04 PM

  7. If men could get pregnant, abortion wouldn't even be up for debate.

    Posted by: Greg | Feb 18, 2011 12:17:12 PM

  8. Well stated!!!
    It's comforting to see people stand up for actual issues in this country.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 18, 2011 12:17:26 PM

  9. I hope this means that progressives are getting over being polite and quiet; and are going to start speaking loudly and raising a little hell.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Feb 18, 2011 12:24:56 PM

  10. If you're going to post on non-gay-related topics, why not actually link to thoughtful or interesting takes on issues? There are an awful lot of websites already out there for Democratic party hacks. There's nothing illuminating here, it's just a typical "OMG OUR SIDE TOTALLY PWNED THE BAD GUYS!!!" post of the type that already comprises about 70% of the internet.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 18, 2011 12:29:00 PM

  11. I hope this means that progressives will go after the atrocities of Haliburton.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 18, 2011 12:30:40 PM

  12. If anyone does not like the content of the posts on Towleroad, there is nothing keeping that person from simply not visiting this site. If this site, or any site, for that matter, is not to that person's liking, or political fit, then why keep visiting that site? Simply leave.

    Posted by: Reggie | Feb 18, 2011 12:36:07 PM

  13. Legal or not, the government should not fund in any amount abortion or those that encourage or facilitate it. Period. Abortion is murder to a huge percentage of Americans, and using tax dollars to foster and abet it is unconscionable.

    Posted by: Javierq | Feb 18, 2011 12:40:11 PM

  14. This is precisely why I can't stand the Republican party and will never vote for a Republican. Once they get into any position of authority, they waste tax payers dollars pushing their big government morality telling people what to do with their bodies. As always, its old white men leading the charge!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 18, 2011 12:42:14 PM

  15. While the owner of the site can post whatever they want, they should know that abortion issues are not the same as gay issues, and a growing number of gay and bisexual Americans are pro-life, especially young gay/bisexuals.

    Posted by: Jamal | Feb 18, 2011 12:42:14 PM

  16. @Matt--I am thankful to Andy for posting lots of different stories....it's why I am devoted to Towleroad. As others have pointed out, these attacks from the Republican'ts on women, gays, lesbians and minorities are all intertwined and need to be met with resistance.

    And FYI--Lesbians happen to be women. This is an attack on their rights. To call this "non-gay related" is pure stupidity.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Feb 18, 2011 12:44:18 PM

  17. Jamal and JavierQ, take your misogyny elsewhere.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Feb 18, 2011 12:46:32 PM

  18. Exactly Javier and getting grown rich White men to make a decision on a womens life is the most digusting thing in the world. For those assholes when my friend got raped to insist she keeps the baby, is so mind blowing that I am glad this would/has been kicked out in the UK.

    There are so many teenaged with babies that they abuse and the amount this costs the tax payers plus there kids who more likely then not statistically end up in prison-more money-as well as paying for crime is unbelievable isn't Javier?

    The sheer stupidity and hypocrisy. As if we don't have enough frigging children who are messed up and in care!


    This is the problem with religous nut jobs, they are HYPOCRITES!!!!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 18, 2011 12:47:22 PM

  19. STILLMARRIEDINCA, by your logic, all imaginable issues and topics are gay-related issues and topics. Which may be true! But it still seems like there's a real danger of mission-creep with that mindset.

    To others: how would it be even possible, let alone desirable, to only read websites where one agrees with everything the blogger writes? And what exactly would be the point of that?

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 18, 2011 12:54:33 PM

  20. She's a hero.

    Posted by: earthling | Feb 18, 2011 1:02:50 PM

  21. Misogyny? Most of the pro-life people I know are female, including my sisters, who are both in law school. Are you actually contending that tax payers must pay for other people to kill their unborn children?

    Posted by: Jamal | Feb 18, 2011 1:05:36 PM

  22. @JavierQ: A large portion of Americans think that science is all lies. Should we avoid funding science?

    A large portion of Americans think that eating meat is murder. Should our tax dollars avoid things like the FDA which "abets" the meat industry?

    I'll answer both of those: No. We should ignore the idiots you described in your post.

    @Jamal: If that's the case then you have enough people to go to your blog about the subject. You can leave Andy's blog to the subjects he cares about (and coincidentally, the ones I find I enjoy every day).

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 18, 2011 1:06:37 PM

  23. @Matt--Hello??? anybody home? You didn't understand a word I said. Let me try again--

    It's LGBT--that includes WOMEN. This anti-abortion, anti family planning attack is a direct attack on women's rights and many women are LESBIANS. Therefore, this issue is most certainly gay (lesbian) related. Not to mention the fact, that as a gay man you should be interested in what is going on as far as women's (or anyone group's) equal rights are concerned.
    If you only care about your own selfish interests, read your own diary.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Feb 18, 2011 1:13:18 PM

  24. @Matt, Towleroad is "a site with homosexual tendencies." If there's any mission here, it's to advance knowledge and critical thought about a variety of topics.

    I really enjoy the wide variety of topics that Andy and the others bring to this site. It is also very well laid out, so that one can see the topics and delve further into those that interest them.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 18, 2011 1:14:03 PM

  25. That should have read (or any group's)

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Feb 18, 2011 1:14:12 PM

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