As Congress continues with efforts to affirm abortion care as a human right in the United States, they’ve been talking to experts and activists to answer questions about the effect of such legislation. On Thursday, Representative Eric Swalwell was forced to call out one witness for disinformation when she falsely claimed that a ten-year-old being granted an abortion to save her life would somehow not be an abortion.
The case of a ten-year-old rape victim in Ohio, who was forced to travel out of state to receive an abortion because of her state’s post-Roe anti-choice law, has raised controversy, with right-wingers first claiming that her story was a lie, then turning to attack the doctor who helped her.
Now, in Congress, Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life, falsely tells Representative Swalwell that the termination of the 10-year-old child’s unwanted pregnancy is “not an abortion.”
Swalwell: It would not be an abortion if a 10 year old with her parents made the decision not to have a baby that was the result of rape?
Republican Witness: That’s not an abortion
Swalwell: Are you familiar with disinformation? pic.twitter.com/6zyO3Bq2Uv
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“I believe [carrying a pregnancy to term] would impact her life, and therefore it would fall under any exception. It would not be an abortion…If a ten-year-old became pregnant as the result of rape, and it was threatening her life, then that’s not an abortion. So, it would not fall under any abortion restriction in our nation.”
Swalwell calls this disinformation and turns to another witness, Sarah Warbelow, for Human Rights Campaign, who explains the fact that an abortion is a medical procedure, regardless of whether it is deemed medically necessary, and does not cease to be an abortion when medically necessary.
“I think it’s also important to note that there is no exception for the life or the health of the mother in the Ohio law. That’s why that 10-year-old had to cross state lines in order to receive an abortion.”
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