“I wish, as a man, I didn’t have to make this decision”

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during one debate on Thursday, Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) complains that male, not female, lawmakers decide whether to ban abortion — a statement that caused his Democratic opponent Glenn Wright to roll his eyes and laugh on stage.

The presenter read out a question from a viewer asking when the candidates felt it was appropriate to restrict abortion. Wright must answer first, and he called repeal by the Supreme Court roe and Casey a “egregious error” that will harm the health of women and pregnant women. (Utah’s near-total abortion ban is blocked not come into force while a judicial proceeding is in progress.)

Then Curtis spoke up and explained it the roe abortion sent back to the states that are sure “smells bad” for women because now the many The men in charge can regulate our bodies at will. “Now look, I get it,” he said. “IIf you’re a woman, it stinks that most of these legislators are men. Most of these decisions are made by men. I wish it was different. I wish as a man I didn’t have to make that choice.”

Here’s a snippet of his answer, including his opponent‘s very understandable reaction. (The video of the full debate is online youtube and the exchange starts at 57:00.)

Curtis’ full answer:

“The Supreme Court … everything they did was said [sic] There is no right to abortion in the Constitution, which then took the issue to the states. Now look, I get it – if you’re a woman, it stinks that most of these legislators are men. Most of these decisions are made by men. I wish it was different. I wish as a man I didn’t have to make that choice. I wish women could make that choice.

And that aside, it’s up to state legislators to thoughtfully decide what to do in their state. The legislatures of the countries are responsible to the people in the state. There is much more accountability at the state level than at the federal level. It is more difficult to change a federal or state law. And as we watch this game in the United States, I think you’re going to see lawmakers taking different positions. That’s the beauty of states’ rights. And, frankly, as a federal legislator, I don’t think that should be the case.”

Hey John, women could make that choice if roe were still in the books! And interesting that you claim state legislatures be more accountable to voters however, they are not yet representative of voters.

Somehow neither the moderator nor Wright asked if Curtis would vote for a national abortion ban when the Republicans retake the House of Representatives this fall.

The race isn’t competitive with Curtis increased by 25 points at the moment. Apologies to everyone this man represents in Congress.

https://jezebel.com/gop-lawmaker-on-abortion-bans-i-wish-as-a-man-i-didn-1849630520 “I wish, as a man, I didn’t have to make this decision”

Adam Bradshaw

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