Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., asked a Republican witness to stop “throwing the term ‘abortion’ around” during a Tuesday congressional hearing about abortion.
Rice criticized the expert witness, Christina Francis, the CEO-elect of the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for engaging in “conversations where abortion, abortion, abortion is meant as a negative term.”
Democrat Rep. Kathleen Rice insists we need to "stop using" the word "abortion" when talking about abortion because it raises negative emotions pic.twitter.com/ENBbU9YHed
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“Dr. Francis, you just said that one of the benefits of Roe [vs. Wade being overturned], in your mind, is that we can now have a robust conversation about this issue,” said Rice, who appeared at the hearing via video call.
- “I would suggest you stop throwing the word ‘abortion’ around because you think it is one that is going to raise the emotions above having a reasonable conversation — a word that has been weaponized, in my opinion, by certain people in this country. Because, if we’re going to have a real conversation about this, we have to stop using language that is going to prevent an actual meaningful conversation from happening.”
- Rice has said she will not run for re-election this year.
- In a Monday New York Times article about Democrats’ challenges in talking to black voters about abortion, Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, suggested trying “to have the conversation without the word abortion.”
- “We were all clear that this is about abortion, but this is not just about abortion,” she added, saying rollbacks of abortion rights should be framed in terms of “the implication on other rights — civil rights.”