“Women are described as movable property”: California representative Jackie Speier denounces attack on abortion rights
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California Representative Jackie Speier said Tuesday that women are presented as property in states that have passed legislation restricting abortions and argued that the government should be excluded from decisions about women’s health.
“I think women are described as chattels,” Speier said in an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” when asked about state bills that would limit them. abortion procedures.
“The government has no rights over my uterus, has no rights over my vagina,” said the California Democrat.
Several Republican-led states have moved to pass bills restricting abortion, including Alabama, which enacted the country’s law most restrictive abortion law last week, in the hope that they will be used as a means to challenge the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.
“This has gotten pretty absurd, and I think Alabama is just one more example of the many states that have now passed laws to treat women as if they have no control over their bodies,” Speier told CNN.
Speier argued that “if we’re going to start regulating women and their reproductive health, maybe we should start regulating men and their reproductive health.”
Last week, Speier joined a number of women on social media to share their personal stories about abortion, saying she had the procedure because it was “the best choice for my health (and) my family”.
“Although it was an extremely difficult decision, I do not regret it”, she said. wrote on Twitter.
Speier first revealed in February 2011 during a speech on the floor of the House that she miscarried at 15 weeks and made the “painful” decision to undergo dilation and evacuation (D&E) during her second trimester.
His speech opposed an amendment that then-Congressman Mike Pence sponsored that cut funding for Planned Parenthood.
“It was a painful process and it was up to me, you know, to do it at that point,” Speier recalled in his interview with CNN on Tuesday. “The fetus was not going to survive outside the womb. I was particularly pissed off by my colleagues, Republican men, who had never had this experience, to talk about it in such a cavalier way, to kind of suggest that this is something you do without it. think. “
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