Dem. Rep. Kathleen Rice: The Word ‘Abortion’ Is Used by Pro-Lifers to ‘Raise Emotions,’ so ‘Stop’ Using It

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., talks to reporters in the basement of the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 15, 2018. Rice said Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, she will not seek reelection this fall, making the New Yorker the 30th Democrat to announce they're leaving the House before November elections when Republicans are …
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The word “abortion” has been “weaponized” by pro-lifers to “raise the emotions” of others, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) suggested, calling for an end to the use of the word in favor of one less “negative” in order to “have a real conversation” on the issue.

Speaking in response to Dr. Christina Francis, an Indiana-based OB/GYN and chairman of the board of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday, New York Democrat Congresswoman Kathleen Rice complained of constantly hearing the term “abortion” being used in a “negative” light when referencing the killing of a fetus, also known as feticide. 

“All I hear is a bunch of conversations where the word ‘abortion, abortion, abortion’ is meant as a negative term,” Rice said. 

Claiming that Dr. Francis had just said that “we can now have a robust conversation about this issue,” the congresswoman called for an end to the use of the “weaponized” term “abortion.”

“I would suggest that you stop throwing the word ‘abortion’ around because you think it’s one that is going to raise the emotions above having a reasonable conversation, and a word that has been weaponized, in my opinion, by certain people in this country,” the pro-abortion Democrat said. 

“If we’re going to have a real conversation about this, we have to stop using language that is, you know, going to prevent an actual meaningful conversation from happening,” she added. 

Many took to Twitter to mock the New York Democrat’s suggestion.

“Ok, let’s go with ‘terminating a baby in the womb’ instead,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Alright. Murder,” wrote another. “Is that better Kathleen?”

“If the act of what you’re doing raises negative emotions maybe it’s time to rethink the act,” yet another wrote.

Rice’s remarks come after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade last month, holding in the Dobbs case that the Constitution does not include a right to abortion and returning the issue of abortion laws and regulations to state legislatures.

The landmark decision has since sparked violent public upheaval across the country, as Democrats, the mainstream media, and members of the far left continue their attacks on the pro-life movement and its supporters.

In this photo the Life Choices building in Longmont, Colorado, is seen vandalized on Saturday, June 25, 2022, following a fire at the Christian pregnancy center. The fire, which is being investigated by police as a possible arson, was reported hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and said abortion laws would be decided by the states. (Longmont Police Department via AP)

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