PUBLISHED: 12:05 EST, 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:05 EST, 22 March 2012
A state legislator in Arizona wants to make women watch a video of an abortion before they decide whether or not to terminate their pregnancy.
Republican state representative Terri Proud emailed an constituent who asked her to vote against one of the state’s controversial bills that would make it harder for women to have abortions.
‘Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure,”‘ Ms Proud wrote in the email.
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‘If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else,’ she continued to write.
Adena Lees is the resident who emailed asking Ms Proud to vote no on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and in her email response Ms Proud made it very clear that she was not convinced.
‘Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain — I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES,’ Ms Proud wrote.
Ms Lees said that she was not offended by Ms Proud’s opinion but by the manner in which she expressed her opinion.
‘It was just a blast of what I thought was provocative, violent, and offensive,’ Ms Lees told local news station
Ms Lees thought that she should have at least recognized and thanked her for her letter before going into the politics of the issue.
After receiving her initial response, Ms Lees emailed back saying that she was offended. That didn’t help matters much, as Ms Proud then emailed her back simply writing ‘you’re kidding, right?’
Once the interaction became public, Ms Proud released a statement defending her position but not discussing the manner in which she made them.
Facing off: Ms Lees (left) thinks Ms Proud (right) did not handle herself in a professional way by not even thanking her for her initial email
‘For too long Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have placed selling abortions above the health and safety of women,’ Ms Proud responded.
‘Abortion providers have not been honest with women about the realities of of abortion and the short and long-term risks of the dangerous surgical procedure.
The proposed bill that prompted the email exchange is one of a few that are under discussion in the state legislature.
The other two- which hope to defund Planned Parenthood and allow companies to opt out of paying for their employees’ health insurance plans- reflect on-going national debates.
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