Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) responded to the suggestion of Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) that women cavalierly undergo abortions. Smith spoke in support of the amendment spearheaded by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding due to the fact that it provides abortions–even though it does not use federal funds for the procedure. Speier courageously spoke about the circumstances that prompted her own abortion and criticized Pence's amendment. Watch:
Rep. Speier: "I had 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 that had moved from the vagina into the cervix. And that procedure that you just talked about was a procedure that I endured. I lost a baby. But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous. To think that we are here tonight debating this issue when the American people, if they are listening, are scratching their heads and wondering, 'What does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit?' And the answer is, nothing at all. There is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood, and it was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned parenthood has a right to offer abortions. Last time you checked, abortions were legal in this country."
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