GOP Congressman: Women Should be Forced to Carry to Term Fetuses With No Brain Function (VIDEO)

This Thursday, during a congressional committee hearing to discuss a proposed measure to criminalize abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, GOP congressman Louie Gohmert told a woman that she should have carried her fetus to term, even though an MRI had revealed that the fetus was missing a large part of its brain and didn’t have much chance of survival.

Christy Zink testified in opposition to H.R. 1797, a 20-week abortion ban that anti-abortion representatives of Congress are attempting to pass in Washington D.C. Abortion opponents claim that “fetal pain” is the main reason behind 20-week bans. But in her testimony, Zink pointed out it’s misleading to suggest that this abortion restriction would serve this purpose, since forcing her to carry her pregnancy to term would have actually caused her unborn son considerable pain.

At 21 weeks, Zink’s doctors discovered that the fetus had no brain function. Complicating matters, this type of fetal defect is impossible to detect earlier in pregnancy. “If this bill had been passed before my pregnancy, I would have had to carry to term and give birth to a baby whom the doctors concurred had no chance of a life and would have experienced near-constant pain,” Zink said. “If he had survived the pregnancy — which was not certain — he might never have left the hospital. My daughter’s life, too, would have been irrevocably hurt by an almost always-absent parent.”

In his response, Gohmert suggested that Zink should have given birth to her son anyway. Gohmert told the story of his own child that was premature, even though the treatable medical condition of premature fetuses is worlds apart from Zink’s experience. The congressman then told a story about a different couple who decided to give birth to a fetus — with entirely different types of disabilities — suggesting that Zink should have made the same choice for her son.

Listen to Gohmert’s comments in the video below.



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    Bob Cull

    May 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Leave it to Gomer to compare Apples and the moon (oranges is not an appropriate term here, he is much further off than that)! If I ever heard an intelligent phrase pass his lips I would fall over in a dead faint. How can he be so stupid as to think that there is any comparison at all between preemie and a baby with no brain function at all? I guess it’s not that much of a stretch for someone like him who, if indeed he does have a brain, does not use it at all. Maybe when the doctors told his parents that he had no brain function they should have opted for an abortion, then we wouldn’t have to listen to his phony emotionalism today.

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    Adrian Lehman-Sizemore

    May 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    if his mother can do it so can you!

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    May 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Worked out for his mom…..

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    Dr Betty Schueler

    May 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    What an idiot.

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    May 25, 2013 at 12:18 am

    how do these GOP nutcases live with themselves? Don’t they have any compassion?????

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    May 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

    He’s looking out for himself, he was a full term fetus with no brain function.

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    May 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Only for a fetus or a rich white man.

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    May 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

    He has no brain function so he tries to play God.

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    TexasEx (@bddickerson)

    May 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I can’t help but wonder if you listened to what he said. He didn’t tell her what she should have done. He raises relevant questions that broaden the issue and deserve to be answered thoughtfully.

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    May 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    “They had decisions to make” was the only thing that rang true in what he said ormade sense. Shouldn’t “We” wait is not relevant to the woman’s and families decision. It is not his business. I as part of “We” have no input to the families decision. I wish he’s stop talking like the “Royal We”. Ok, he had a deep experience with his child — would he have liked others to be making decisions for him? It gave him some insight but didn’t give him right to play God.

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    Luiz Carlos Rios-Abreu

    July 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, What he said was a relevant question, but what he DID was support a law that would take that question away from her. Why did he do that? Was it just to keep some preacher happy?

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    August 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    You are my hero.

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    August 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I gave birth to 28 week twins when I had kidney cancer. Just because the babies were small and premature meant nothing because they were healthy. I sat in a hospital bed, waiting for them and then they went wild on the cancer treatment. Her baby had no brain function! These two births have no correlation at all.

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