Congresswoman talks about her abortion

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. ...

But first, another conversation that touches on one of this country's most sensitive and explosive issues, an issue that might be even more difficult in these politically polarized times.

It was two weeks ago, just before midnight during a debate on the House floor, when federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America - that's the group that provides contraception and abortion services, among other health services. New Jersey Congressman Christopher Smith, a Republican, graphically described a certain abortion procedure during his allotted time to speak, chastising Planned Parenthood as child abuse incorporated, and by implication, the women who use its services.

In response, California congresswoman, Jackie Speier, rose and said this.

Representative JACKIE SPEIER (Democrat, California): You know, I had really planned to speak about something else, but the gentleman from New Jersey has just put my stomach in knots because I'm one of those women he spoke about just now.

Go to NPR to read more: Congresswoman Reveals Having An Abortion

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