Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) revealed that she was raped during her time in the military and a jerk in the audience actually laughed. Fedor was speaking against a proposed bill in Ohio to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That bill gives no exemptions for rape victims.
Fedor chose to have an abortion after she was raped.
“You don’t respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice,” Fedor said. “What you’re doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I’ve sat here too long.”
Mother Jones reports:
Her testimony comes just weeks after an Arizona lawmaker shared details about her own abortion, which she had after being sexually assaulted by a male relative when she was a young girl. In a later editorial for Cosmopolitan, Rep. Victoria Steele said that while she was glad to have spoken out and share her story during the legislative debate, she resented the fact that “women have to tell their deepest, darkest traumas in public” in order for lawmakers to grasp how dangerous such anti-abortion bills were to women and their health.
While sharing her experience, Fedor was forced to address a man who was laughing at her while she spoke.
“I see people laughing and I don’t appreciate that,” she said. “And it happens to be a man who is laughing. But this is serious business right now and I’m speaking for all the women in the state of Ohio who didn’t get the opportunity to be in front of that committee and make this statement.”
If the bill is passed by the Senate, having an abortion will be a fifth-degree felony and result in up to $2,500 and possible jail time for doctors who perform the abortions.
Rep. Fedor not only had the courage to share her soul-crushing experience but also the patience to not throat-punch the man who laughed at her.
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