Speaker Pelosi Unveils Portrait of Partial-Birth Abortion Advocate in U.S. Capitol

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 23, 2022 | 11:35am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) today unveiled in the U.S. Capitol a portrait of the late Rep. Patsy Mink (D.-Hawaii), who was an outspoken advocate of legalized partial-birth abortion.

“As Speaker of the House, it is my honor to welcome all of you to celebrate Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink, a trailblazing elected official, a legendary champion of equality, and our beloved colleague and friend,” said Pelosi.

“Indeed, the portrait we have unveiled today is a beautiful tribute to an all-American hero,” Pelosi said.

Mink served in the House of Representatives in two separate stretches. She served first from 1965 to 1977 and then, again, from 1989 to 2003.

On March 27, 1996, when the House was debating a bill to ban partial-birth abortion, Mink stood in the well of the House and delivered a passionate speech against the ban.

In a partial-birth abortion, the abortionist pulls the unborn baby feet first out of his or her mother’s womb. When the baby’s skull is at the bottom of the uterus, the abortionist punctures the skull and then suctions out the baby’s brains so the collapsed skull can be removed from the uterus.

In her speech on the House floor, Mink said that banning the partial-birth abortion procedure was “the most reprehensible thing we could even think of.”

“I think that the debate clearly points out that what is being attempted here is a denunciation of the rights of women that have been created by the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Mink. “That is what is at stake here.

“It is not this procedure that is used so few times out of necessity, but it is the principle of interfering with the doctor and the women that require this procedure, taking away that right of a woman to make this difficult decision, taking away the right of a woman to consult with her physician about what needs to be done and allowing the Congress of the United States to make these decisions,” said Mink.

“I think that is the most reprehensible thing we could even think of,” she said.

Here is the transcript of Mink's March 27, 1996 speech on the House floor against banning partial-birth abortion:

Rep. Patsy Mink (D.-Hawaii): “It is really tragic that the personal problems and the anxieties of women who face these very, very difficult decisions that must be made with respect to their health and their safety and the integrity of their family and to have those tragic circumstances of a person’s life be used under these circumstances to advance this political goal of trying to do away with abortion rights—no, I will not yield. I will not yield. I have not taken the floor until this moment.

“But I think that the debate clearly points out that what is being attempted here is a denunciation of the rights of women that have been created by the U.S. Supreme Court. That is what is at stake here. It is not this procedure that is used so few times out of necessity, but it is the principle of interfering with the doctor and the women that require this procedure, taking away that right of a woman to make this difficult decision, taking away the right of a woman to consult with her physician about what needs to be done and allowing the Congress of the United States to make these decisions. I think that is the most reprehensible thing we could even think of. We talk about getting big government off of the backs of people. Well, let us concentrate about what we are trying to do today. We are trying to take away the rights of reproductive freedom that the Supreme Court has established, which the courts have said we must not interfere, and this is what is before us today, and that is why this Congress must oppose it. That is why this bill must never become law. It is trying to dictate to the doctors how to practice and criminalize their profession. I think it is outrageous."

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