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Rep. Chris "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" Smith was on the House floor reading about abortion cases when Rep. Jackie Speier just had to say something.  She decided to address the nonsense by talking about her own abortion:

"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. And that procedure that you just described is a procedure that I endured.

"I lost the baby. And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous."

More of the transcript:

"To think that we are here tonight, debating this issue, for 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 and it was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has the right to offer abortions. Last time I checked abortions were legal in this country. Now you may not like Planned Parenthood, so be it. There are many people on our side of the aisle that don't like Haliburton. And Haliburton is responsible for extortion, of bribery, for ten cases of misconduct in the Federal database, for a $7 billion sole source contract. But do you see us over here filing amendments to wipe out funding for Haliburton? No, because that would be irresponsible.

I would suggest to you that it would serve us all very well if we moved on from this process and started focusing on creating jobs for the Ameircans who desparately want them.

I yield back.

This is powerful, fantastic stuff.

Really I have nothing much to add to this piece of impromptu brilliance from the fine Congressperson from California.

Originally posted to Gangster Octopus on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 09:59 AM PST.

Also republished by Pro Choice and Abortion.

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