During yesterday’s press conference announcing a newly-revised theme for the March for Life, a pro-life congresswoman who had previously worked as a teacher broke down in tears recalling the time she learned how one of her students was forced to have an abortion.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican, shared a couple of stories about abortion that she experienced during her time as a teacher, which she said were “prime examples of how the other side is not really pro-woman even though they claim to be.”
CNS News provided audio of her comments and a transcript of the remarks:
Hartzler recounted that she had a student who requested not to attend a unit she was teaching on child development, because she had recently had a miscarriage. After complying with the girl’s request, Hartzler learned the truth in a parent-teacher conference later that month.
“Sherrie (name changed) came in with her head down looking absolutely miserable with her mother,” Hartzler said. “We looked at her grades and talked about assignments.”
Hartzler recounted the mother saying, “‘Well I wanted to thank you for giving Sherrie another alternative assignment, because you know when she told us she was pregnant, I told her we are not having a child in this house, and then we’re going to go down to the clinic, and we are going to take care of that, and we did – whether you like it or not.’”
Hartzler said the mother then complained about her daughter “blubbering right now.”
“I tell you it was all I could do to restrain myself. I just wanted to embrace the girl,” Hartzler said, crying as she recalled the experience. “It’s so important that we get to the kids and the parents with accurate information as well.”
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