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

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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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Congresswoman Says ENDA May Take 5 Years: 'I'm Being Realistic'

In a talk at Sunday's Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Pride breakfast in San Francisco, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) said that passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which was on the table for this legislative session, may take five years to pass.

Speier  The Bay Area Reporter:

Asked later in a brief interview if that meant the House would not vote on ENDA this year, Speier told the B.A.R. , "The rest of the year is in question."

"There's no question 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' will be history this year," she said. "ENDA, we will have that law for sure within the next five years."

Speier, a Democrat whose district includes parts of San Mateo and San Francisco counties, said she was acknowledging reality.

"I'm being realistic," she said.

Speier added that Nancy Pelosi was doing all she could to ensure a majority for next year.

(via americablog)


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