Gohmert Told Woman That She Should Have Carried Her Brain-Dead Fetus To Term And Then Made A “More Educated Decision” When The Baby Was “In Front Of You,” Despite Threat To Her Health.
According to the Huffington Post, “At a congressional hearing Thursday on an abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told a female witness that she should have carried her pregnancy to term even though doctors had discovered the fetus had no brain function. […]’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 response to Zink’s testimony, Gohmert told the story of another couple he knew that decided to go through with their pregnancy despite learning of fetal anomalies. He told Zink she should have gone through with her pregnancy and then assessed the baby’s health once it was ‘in front of [her].’ ‘Ms. Zink, having my great sympathy and empathy both, I still come back wondering, shouldn’t we wait, like that couple did, and see if the child can survive before we decide to rip him apart?’ Gohmert said. ‘So these are ethical issues, they’re moral issues, they’re difficult issues, and the parents should certainly be consulted. But it just seems like, it’s a more educated decision if the child is in front of you to make those decisions.’” [Huffington Post, 5/24/13]