As the Supreme Court appears poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the U.S., Democratic Congressmember Lucy McBath made an emotional appeal Wednesday highlighting how attacks on abortion rights can impact treatments available to patients who, like her, have experiences with miscarriage and stillbirth. McBath spoke at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Lucy McBath: “After which failed pregnancy should I have been imprisoned? Would it have been after the first miscarriage, after doctors used what would be an illegal drug to abort the lost fetus? Would you have put me in jail after the second miscarriage? Perhaps that would have been the time, forced to reflect in confinement at the guilt I felt, the guilt that so many women feel after losing their pregnancies. Or would you have put me behind bars after my stillbirth, after I was forced to carry a dead fetus for weeks, after asking God if I was ever going to be able to raise a child? And I ask because the same medicine used to treat my failed pregnancies is the same medicine states like Texas would make illegal.”