Last Thursday, the House of Representatives debated on a proposal to completely strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding geared towards women’s health and sex education services. Amidst the talk, Representative Jackie Speier (D-California) spoke about the effects of her abortion in relation to Planned Parenthood. What does it mean that a congresswoman came out and shared her own #ihadanabortion story?
Congresswoman Speier courageously took the House floor and told the world about her own abortion. The abortion was to terminate a wanted pregnancy that could not be carried to term due to complications. She stated, “For you to stand on the floor and suggest as you just have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous.” She also discussed the vendetta against Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood’s right to operate in this country and its right to perform legal abortions.
Following Speier’s courageous and brave speech, Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) discussed the falsities of the concept that abortion is black genocide. According to Jezebel, Moore argued against Representative Paul Broun’s (R-Georgia) statement that, “more black babies” were killed by the presence of organizations such as Planned Parenthood. This indicates that the belief of abortion as black genocide is alive and well in this country.
Despite these wars on abortion, what does it mean that a Congresswoman could stand and share her own abortion story? Hopefully Speier’s story will help Congress and others to understand that anyone can have an abortion and that women don’t just have abortions because they want them, they have them because they need them.
To watch Representative Jackie Speier’s statements, click here.