A pro-abortion Democrat Congressman, during a congressional hearing today, shouted down a black pro-life advocate who expressed her dismay at how Planned Parenthood targets black babies in abortions. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, yelled at the pro-life woman and said she was “ignorant.”
Star Parker told members of Congress during the hearing on a bill to ban abortions after 6 weeks that she believes abortion unfairly targets the African American community.
“In fact when you put the Dred Scott decision next to the Roe v Wade decision, they read almost verbatim. I’d like to also address something that was brought up earlier…when it comes to mixing the abortion issue with the challenges that we face in many of our hard-hit communities. I feel it disingenuous that the issues of Medicaid would come up, and other opportunities for us to re-address what has happened in our most distressed zip codes,” Parker said.
“The way that Planned Parenthood targets these particular zip codes with abortion. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community today. Since Roe v. Wade was legalized, 20 million humans have been killed inside of the womb of black women. And then on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that the black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term,” Parker continued.
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Cohen complained that he is “not disingenuous about anything I say…. And to suggest I’m disingenuous shows your ignorance or your absolute inability to deal with Congresspeople the way they should. I believe in those issues and I think they’re proper, and to say I’m disingenuous is just wrong and I expect an apology.”
Instead of an apology, pro-life lawmakers on the panel said Congressman Cohen ought to apologize to Parker for calling her “ignorant.”
“I would ask for an apology from the gentleman from Tennessee — calling our witness ignorant when it seems to me she has a whole lot more knowledge and wisdom” than he does, Rep. Louie Gohmert commented.
“She’s ignorant about me,” Cohen replied.
Citing the “lack of civility” that had erupted, Chairman Steve King ended the hearing.