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WATCH: Democratic congresswoman dismisses pro-life colleagues as ‘sex-starved males’ in House debate


She later withdrew the statement

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During a House debate over abortion in relation to a major spending bill Wednesday, Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) dismissed her pro-life GOP colleagues as "sex-starved males."

During House floor debate about portions of the fiscal year 2020 Health and Human Services spending bill. Rep. Ross Spano (R-Fla.) pointed out that the measure included language that would weaken pro-life protections, such as conscience protection rules for medical professionals opposed to performing abortions.

Torres subsequently dismissed Spano's concerns as sexist.

"Mr. Speaker," she said, "it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a women's right to choose," Torres said, addressing the chair.

As can be heard in the video, the statement drew immediate murmurs from the House chamber and prompted an offer from Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) for Torres to withdraw her statement, to which she acquiesced.

"Mr. Speaker, if it pleases my colleague on the other side, I will withdraw my statement about sex-starved males on the floor," Torres said.

Torres later "put it in different terms" and said that "It is tiring to be here, on this floor or in committee, as a woman, to continue to be counseled about" the types of "family planning conversations that, rightfully, I deserve to have with my own doctor."

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