Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) blasted Republicans Wednesday for his or her “heartless, violent approach to women’s health” during a debate over an abortion measure in a veterans bill. (Watch the video below.)
Slotkin, who’s searching for a 3rd term against Republican challenger Tom Barrett in November, reacted viscerally to GOP pushback to the Solid Start Act, which might help veterans transition to civilian life.
Republicans objected to the requirement that the Department of Veterans Affairs provide female veterans with information “tailored to their specific health care” needs, which might adhere to a recent VA policy providing abortion access for ladies vets who’re victims of rape, incest or whose life is jeopardized.
“In case you can’t state it, then be clear you suspect in no exceptions for ladies — a chilly heartless, violent approach to women’s health,” said Slotkin, whose stepdaughter is a female Army officer. “You desire to ban all abortions. That’s your goal. Lots of you’ve been open about that, and in the event you flip the House, we all know that you’ll recommend a full ban on all abortion for all states.”
Slotkin excoriated Republicans for holding up a bill that she said must have unmitigated bipartisan support.
“We’re all, on this floor, elected officials and never medical professionals,” she said. “If it was your wife, your daughter who was suffering through a miscarriage, are you gonna tell her she will’t until her fever gets high enough and until she’s bleeding harder?”
“If that’s what you wish for veterans, shame on you! Shame on you!” she added.