22, 2009 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration,” available at You Tube.com: “…I’ve been in hospitals in Brazil where half the women were enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies and the other half were fighting for their lives against botched abortions.
I’ve been in African countries where 12 and 13 year old girls are bearing children.
Women are capable of making soulful, moral decisions about their own bodies.
Assuming that a woman cannot decide for herself if and when to bear a child demeans women.
Before I had my abortion, I think like most Americans, I had presumed that should I ever face that decision, that service would be available to me — and it was.
And like most Americans, I was grateful it was available to me — and then I moved on.
Access to safe and legal abortion is an important aspect of women’s health care.
Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States.
For people with certain health conditions, an unintended pregnancy can be devastating, if not dangerous.
And even with a planned pregnancy, unexpected tragedies can arise. And when it is needed, it must be accessible.” Illyse Hogue, President of NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) stated in a Jan.