Debates over abortion rights in this country often include abstract talk about the mother's life, whether the people trying to take away a woman's constitutional right to choose would make an exception to spare that same woman's well-being.
Yesterday, as the House was on its way to passing another bill that restricts access to abortion, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-California) made that abstract talk very personal and very real:
Now, let me tell you something. My story is pretty well-known now. But I was pregnant. I was miscarrying. I was bleeding.If I had to go from one hospital to the next, trying to find one emergency room that would take me in, who knows if I would even be here today?And what my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are attempting to do is misogynist. It is absolutely misogynist. The time has come for us to stop taking up this issue over and over again this year and do something that the American people really care about.They want jobs. They want to be able to hold on to their homes. They want some mortgage relief.And what do we do? We stand here on the floor and create yet another opportunity for women to be cast in shackles.
The bill passed 251-170, along party lines.
More: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), an abortion opponent, responds to Ms. Speier.