Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor Shares Her Rape and Abortion Story on the State House Floor
Ohio Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) called on other lawmakers to shut down a bill that would make it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Supporters of the "Heartbeat Bill," as it's been called, do not want to allow for exceptions to the ban in cases of rape or incest. (They do, however, include exceptions for instances when the mother's life is in danger.) During the debate over the bill, Fedor became so frustrated with her colleagues, she publicly shared her own rape and abortion story for the first time. Watch the video below:
"I heard all these stories that just fit your scenario and I respect that, but you don't respect my reason, my rape, my abortion," said Fedor. "And I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice.... What you are doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I've sat here too long."
She continued, "You deserve my lecture right now. I dare you to walk in my shoes and walk after I leave this chamber.... This debate is political, purely political, and I understand your story, but you don't understand mine."
"It is a personal decision, and how dare government get into my business.... I don't want government in my business. I want my freedom. I fought in the military for that freedom," she said.
Toward the end of her speech, Fedor calls out a lawmaker across the aisle. "I see people laughing. I don't appreciate that. On the other side. And it happens to be a man who's laughing. I don't know if it's about what I'm saying, but this is serious business right now, and I'm speaking for all of the women in the state of Ohio who didn't get the opportunity to be in front of that committee and make this kind of statement. I urge you to defeat this bill."