Congresswomen Testify Before House Panel to Share Personal Stories of Abortion

A House panel on Thursday heard three Democratic Representatives testify about their personal histories of abortions, while one Republican freshman from Florida told of her own mother’s choice against her doctor’s advice to have an abortion.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee listened to details about how each of those Democratic Reps came to their decisions, with hopes of destigmatizing the procedure following a controversial ban from the state of Texas.

Cori Bush (MO-D) told the panel about being raped at the age of 17 at a church trip and becoming pregnant.

Barbara Lee (CA-D) told of having a back alley abortion in Mexico before abortion was legal in the United States.

Pramila Jayapal (WA-D) told of having an abortion while suffering from depression and caring for a sick child.

Kat Cammack (FL-R) said her mother CHOSE life.

The Supreme Court last month refused to block a bill from Texas that bans most abortions, while a recent poll shows that a majority of Americans — 54% — believe that abortion should remain legal in all or most cases.

New York Times, The Hill