"Colleagues, I have had an abortion and it saved my life, and it saved my health and enabled me to go on to have another healthy child," Rep.
Lawmakers gave the resolution first-round approval 78-5 (32 lawmakers voted present in protest). A final vote will come Wednesday, then copies of the resolution will be sent to every
Bishop's speech, near the end of debate, silenced the noisy chamber.
Bishop, who has two sons, said she was pregnant between them. In her second trimester, "I began to recognize that something was very wrong." During an emergency room visit, she was told she would need to abort the child and that she could bleed to death otherwise.
"These are difficult decisions and they should remain between a woman and her doctor and her religious advisers. And government should get its nose out of the relationship between a woman and her doctor trying to assist her with what is often an extremely difficult time. This should be private," Bishop said, urging lawmakers to oppose the resolution.
Supporters of the resolution said condemning the
"When extreme injustice is inflicted on innocent children, it is incumbent on
"All this does is encourage the folks that are pro-life in the state of
Lawmakers spent much of the debate on topics other than abortion.
One amendment condemned any state that doesn't constitutionally fund its schools. Another condemned family separations at the southern
Others tried to scold lawmakers for passing pointless resolutions. There was also an attempt to condemn politicians who engage in adultery with adult film stars and then use hush money to cover it up, a clear reference to
Several lawmakers said
"Does anyone in this room seriously think the
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