PoliticsWednesday 05.18.22

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA): "How about if a child is halfway out of the birth canal? Is an abortion permissible then?"

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Dr. Yashica Robinson, Board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health and the director of the Alabama Women’s Wellness Center testified today in front of the House Judiciary Committee hearing to examine abortion access and care across the country.

Robinson is the head of one of the last few abortion clinics in her state.

While speaking before the committee Robinson emphasized the importance of abortion as essential health care.

"Systemic barriers, racism, and white supremacy are at the root of both our maternal health crisis and our abortion access crisis. It is undeniable that without access to abortion, maternal mortality rates will continue to rise,” she said.

Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) questioned Robinson on when it was permissible for a woman to go for an abortion.

“How about if a child is halfway out of the birth canal? Is an abortion permissible, then?”, he asked.

Robinson said that it was beyond her comprehension and that she had never faced a similar situation before.

When pressed to answer his question, Robinson said “I can't imagine…just like you probably can't imagine what you would do if your daughter was raped”.

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