Representative Jackie Speir (D-CA) talks about her abortion experience on the House floor in February 2011, speaking against an amendment to defund Planned Parendhood. Partial transcript below.
Rep. Jackie Spier: I 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 who moved from the vagina into the cervix. The procedure you just talked about was a procedure I endured. I lost a baby. But for you to stand on this floor and 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. It was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions. Last time you checked, abortions were legal in this country. You may not like Planned Parenthood so be it.