Much has been written about Rep. Jackie Speier's incredibly personal story offered on the House floor during debate last week on the Republican proposal to defund Planned Parenthood. But I nominate Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) for my inaugural LL award of "Badass Broad of the Week," for her stirring floor speech on the value of Planned Parenthood in her life and the lives of other young, poor women with lack of access to health care. The Daily Beast explained more about Moore's own biography, when she found herself 18 and and with an unplanned pregnacy:
Though she didn’t say so on Thursday, Moore had been bound for Radcliffe, then the women’s counterpart to Harvard, when she found herself pregnant. Instead, she ended up on welfare. She was eventually able to go to college and build a life for herself, but as she points out, even the meager programs that helped her have since been gutted or eliminated. “It is important for women to have a choice, to have an opportunity to plan their families,” she said. “Because if they don’t, the Republicans have said this is an ownership society. You are on your own, and they’re going to begrudge that child everything, from WIC”—the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program—“to a Pell Grant to health insurance.”Watch and be inspired.