There has long been a debate about whether abortion should be legal in the United States. Both sides are vehement about their positions, even though the positions of people on the same side of the debate can differ. During a recent Congressional hearing, this all came out.
Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, recently testified at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. During questioning by Representative Eric Swalwell about restrictions on abortions, she said something that some found puzzling.
Stalwell asked Foster whether she thought a 10-year-old would choose to carry a child. Foster responded that she would think doing so would impact the 10-year-old’s life, so “therefore it would fall under any exception and would not be an abortion.” Stalwell tried to clarify, saying “wait, it would not be an abortion if a 10-year-old with her parents made the decision not to have a baby that was the result of a rape?” Foster clarified what she meant, saying, “if a 10-year-old became pregnant as a result of rape, and it was threatening her life, then that’s not an abortion.”
Foster earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and also holds an M.A. in French from the University of South Florida. Foster is admitted to the bar in Virginia and Washington D.C., as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Her CV for defending pro-life issues is extensive. But she has been brutalized on social media about what she said, with very little, if anyone, standing up for her.
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It’s easy to see why Rep. Stalwell asked the question again, but then Foster vehemently confirmed that she does not think it’s abortion if a 10-year-old is raped, gets pregnant and chooses to terminate the pregnancy if it could put her own life at risk Does what she said make sense? Should someone else speak for people who are pro-life?