Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she’s tired of hearing “so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose” during an abortion debate on the House floor Wednesday.
“Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a women’s right to choose,” she said while debating legislation that includes language related to Title X funding.
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The California Democrat was responding to remarks delivered by Rep. Ross Spano (R-Fla.) who blasted the bill for allowing federal funding to be used for abortions.
“For more than 40 years, this country operated under the policy that not one cent of taxpayer money can be used to fund abortion. We are a nation that deeply values religious liberty,” he said. “And this rule further protects Americans’ tax dollars being forced to subsidize entities that kill unborn children.”
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) immediately asked Torres if she would like to “change” her statement.
“Mr. Speaker, if it pleases my colleagues on the other side, I will withdraw my statement about sex-starved males on the floor,” she responded.
“I will put it in different terms, it is tiring to be here on this floor or in committee as a woman to continue to be counseled about what types of affordable — whether it is family planning conversations that rightfully I deserve to have with my own doctor choosing when women want to have a family and to avoid pregnancy,” she said. “It is unfortunate that that is something that continues to be denied to American women day in and day out on this floor. And with that, I will reserve the balance of my time.”