Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) took to the floor yesterday to speak against the Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) amendment “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act” (H.R. 217), which would strip federal family planning funding from health care providers that also provide abortion care with private funds, by telling her own story of having an abortion. It's thoughtful, powerful, and to the point. She concludes:
"You may not like Planned Parenthood. So be it.
"There's many on our side of aisle who don't like Halliburton....
"Do you see us over here filing an amendment to wipe out funding to Halliburton? No, because frankly that would be irresponsible.
"I would suggest to you that it would serve us all very if we moved on with this process and started focusing on creating jobs for Americans who so desperately want them."Sadly, the House passed the amendment this afternoon.