Another Female Legislator Speaks Out About Rape, Abortion

We’ve seen Wendy Davis in Texas and a few other women speak out during debate on anti-choice bills about their own horrific experiences with rape and having a subsequent abortion. The latest is Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor, speaking against a bill that would ban abortion after six weeks.

This week, Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) stood up during a legislative debate about a proposed abortion ban and revealed publicly for the first timethat she had been sexually assaulted, became pregnant, and had an abortion.

“You don’t respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice,” Fedor told her fellow lawmakers, who are attempting to outlaw abortion procedures after just six weeks of pregnancy. “What you’re doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I’ve sat here too long.”

“I dare any one of you to judge me,” she added. “I dare you to walk in my shoes.”

This is really, really important, I think. It’s crucial that we all understand that public policy choices are not made in some vacuum chamber, they have enormous effects on the lives of real people. Never is that more important than when talking about sexual assault and abortion. I salute these women for the courage they’ve shown in revealing something so personal and painful in public.

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  • llewelly

    Brave. I hope this changes minds.

  • Larry

    llewelly @1

    It won’t. These self-righteous pricks know what’s best for the women folk. Of course, they don’t give a shit once the baby is born but jebus does love him some fetus.

  • theguy

    “‘I dare any one of you to judge me,’ she added. ‘I dare you to walk in my shoes.’”

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of mouth-breathing misogynistic assholes who will judge her.

    “I salute these women for the courage they’ve shown in revealing something so personal and painful in public.”

    Same here. Wish I had anything else to add, but you’ve summed up my thoughts.

  • http://lykex.livejournal.com LykeX

    Six weeks? For all practical purposes, that’s a complete ban.

  • Alverant

    I heard one of the Republicans snickered when she described her rape. He probably had a woody too.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Six weeks? That seems awfully high. I mean, that’s after women are potentially aware that they’re pregnant!

  • daved

    Six weeks? For all practical purposes, that’s a complete ban.

    The bill passed the Ohio House anyway. However, they also did that last year and the state Senate refused to take up the bill at all.

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    I’d like to submit a bill for a law banning men from proposing or voting on legislation regulating abortion, please. Where do I send my $200?

  • busterggi

    “I dare any one of you to judge me,” she added. “I dare you to walk in my shoes.”

    Well there’s the problem, fundies (all Abrahamic ones anyways) believe women should be kept barefoot & pregnant.

  • jws1

    I do judge her – positively. Never heard of her, but she certainly seems as strong a person as can be. Inspirational, even.

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    Alverant @ 5:

    Yes, at least one male laughed while she was speaking. As these were elected officials, their names should be revealed.

  • StevoR

    Teresa Fedor. Respect. And admiration to her. More power to her.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “representative democracy” I have heard those words but I don’t think they mean what they say.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Marcus Ranum : Could you please elaborate on that and explain why?

    Not disagreeing just wanting more.

  • StevoR

    Certainly the misogyny of so many is over-represented versus the female majority.

    Plus, yeah, this whole thing stinks except for Teresa Fedor’s courage and actions – which should not be necessary but deserve major respect and recognition.