DDemocratic California Rep. Jackie Speier opened up about her abortion on the House floor on Thursday night during a debate on a proposed amendment that would cut federal funds for Planned Parenthood.
Speier then stepped up to the mic and said she wouldn't deliver her planned remarks because "the gentleman from New Jersey just put my stomach in knots."
"I'm one of those women he spoke about just now," the 60-year-old said, explaining that she had an abortion at 17 weeks' gestation because of medical complications.
"That procedure that you talked about was a procedure 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," she added.
The emotional speech came as the debate went into its third hour.
Planned Parenthood is prohibited from using federal funds to perform abortions, but Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana is leading a move, supported by the GOP, to add an amendment that would defund the organization.
A vote on the Pence amendment is expected Friday.
Pence referred to a sting video made last year by an anti-abortion group showing two people posing as a prostitute and a pimp seeking help from a Planned Parenthood clinic. They received advice about abortions for underage, illegal immigrant sex workers.
"As the father of two teenage daughters, there are not words strong enough to portray my contempt of this pattern of apparent fraud and abuse by Planned Parenthood," Pence said, as reported by CBS.
Speier called the amendment a "vendetta" against Planned Parenthood.
"Planned Parenthood has a right to operate," she said. "Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned ParenthoodAnswer Question
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