What do you say to a woman who tells you how a anti-abortion bill you’re supporting would have forced her to give birth to a fetus that was missing a significant part of it’s brain and would have most likely died in agony? If you’re Republican representative Louis Gohmert of Texas, you express your sympathy.
Then you insinuate she should’ve given birth anyway and, oh by the way, you do think that women should be consulted when it comes to their own medical care.
It starts at about the five minute mark and this is what he said:
GOHMERT: Ms. Zink, having my great sympathy and empathy both. I still come back wondering, shouldn’t we wait, like that couple did, and see if the child can survive before we decide to rip him apart? So. These are ethical issues, they’re moral issues, they’re difficult issues, and the parents should certainly be consulted. But it just seems like, it’s a more educated decision if the child is in front of you to make those decisions.
Get that? The woman should be consulted. As though she has no legal standing as an actual human being, but is just a vessel owned, if not by the man who impregnated her, then by the state itself. Sometimes I wonder how we have managed to get as far as we have in this deeply misogynistic country.