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.