Congresswoman on Abortion: 'I Lost a Baby'

Jackie Speier delivers impassioned speech
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2011 2:24 PM CST

Congresswoman Jackie Speier gave a shockingly personal floor speech in defense of Planned Parenthood yesterday, telling her fellow legislators about her own abortion. “I had a procedure at 17 weeks pregnant with a child who moved from the vagina into the cervix,” said the California Democrat. “I lost a baby. And 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.” Jezebel approved of the speech, writing, “There’s no other way to say it: She kicked ass.”

Speier spoke in opposition of Mike Pence’s amendment to deny Planned Parenthood federal funds. (It passed today but is unlikely to do so in the Senate, notes AP.) Rep. Gwen Moore meanwhile shared a very different personal story. Responding to Rep. Paul Brown’s claim that Planned Parenthood killed "more black babies," Moore said, “I know all about black babies. I’ve had three of them. I had one at the ripe old age of 18.” Her description of her struggles raising those children drew criticism from LifeNews, which accused her of implying that the children would have been better off being aborted. (Read more Jackie Speier stories.)

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