A current Republican-backed bill that has been circulating on The Hill recently gained even more opposition at a hearing to discuss the bills’ proposal to make abortion performed after 20 weeks, including those performed because of pre-diagnosed fetal abnormalities, illegal in Washington, D.C.
via Think Progress
At a congressional committee hearing to discuss a proposed measure to criminalize abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Texas lawmaker Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a woman who made the difficult choice to terminate a non-viable pregnancy that she should have carried the fetus to term anyway — even though an MRI had already revealed that he was missing a large part of his brain and didn’t have much chance of survival.
On Thursday, Christy Zink testified in opposition to H.R. 1797, a 20-week abortion ban that anti-abortion representatives of Congress keep attempting to impose upon the women in the nation’s capital.
Abortion opponents claim that 20-week bans are necessary to prevent “fetal pain.” But in her testimony, Zink pointed out it’s misleading to suggest that this abortion restriction would serve this purpose, since forcing her to carry her pregnancy to term would have actually caused her unborn son considerable pain.
Gohmert responded: “Ms. Zink, having my great sympathy and empathy both. I still come back wondering, shouldn’t we wait, like that couple did, and see if the child can survive before we decide to rip him apart? So. These are ethical issues, they’re moral issues, they’re difficult issues, and the parents should certainly be consulted. But it just seems like, it’s a more educated decision if the child is in front of you to make those decisions.”
It doesn’t get much more heartless than to stand in a woman’s face and tell her what she should have done to save her unborn child that she’s more than likely still grieving over. He should be ashamed!