In a contentious congressional hearing on Thursday about reproductive rights, conservative author, commentator, podcast host, wife, and mother Allie Stuckey testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in defense of life in the womb. Stuckey has been a fervent advocate for life in the womb, speaking boldly about the realities of abortion and the implications of a culture that is shifting further to the extreme on this issue.

The hearing, entitled “Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care,” sought to analyze the effects of recent state laws that restrict abortion access in the name of defending life. From the Committee, the purpose of the hearing reads in part:

“The hearing will examine how states, emboldened by the Trump Administration’s sustained and systemic attacks on reproductive health care, are restricting access, and it will explore the federal government’s role in preserving access to reproductive health care services for patients across the United States.”

As made abundantly clear by the purpose of the hearing, this was an attempt to attack and mischaracterize the pro-life movement and those who stand for life rather than hold a conversation.

Stuckey appeared as the minority witness aside four other women who all stood on the left side of this issue. The four other witnesses were as follows: Jennifer Box, a former patient at a Planned Parenthood facility in Missouri; Fatima Goss Gaves, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Women’s Law Center; Marcela Howell, Founder and President/Chief Executive Officer, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; and Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

Stuckey began with a powerful opening statement, noting that she was testifying as a mom, a woman, and an American. 

She provided facts, like the truth that the United States stands beside only seven other nations (including China and North Korea) in permitting elective abortions after 20 weeks gestation, the fact that a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks, and the fact that babies born as early as 21 weeks have survived. She delivered the blatant truth — certainly an inconvenient one — that a baby has a separate DNA from its mother from the moment of conception. She also described a typical abortion procedure, unlike her fellow witnesses and the committee members, some of whom are doctors.

Unsurprisingly, Stuckey was disparaged, demeaned, and gas-lighted for daring to verbalize these facts.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz would not address Stuckey when she posed a question to Chairwoman Maloney concerning Stuckey’s qualifications to be discussing the medical and scientific aspects of the abortion debate. When Stuckey pointed out that she was the sole person willing to discuss the specifics of an abortion procedure, Wasserman-Schultz cut Stuckey off.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly accused Stuckey of not having compassion for the issues people face “once [they’re] born” because Stuckey does not agree with legislation that gives government the power to intercede on these issues. Stuckey explained that, while she believes the private sector is the best avenue to enact change for these disadvantaged people, she does not have any less compassion for people facing difficult situations. In fact, when Stuckey said that Kelly’s words were playing into a false narrative that compassion directly correlates with supporting government intervention, she was cut off.

She was, you guessed it, also cut off by a Democrat on the committee, this time Democrat Lacy Clay, when she expressed confusion over her counterparts claiming that abortion is moral. After some protesting from Republican committee members, she was granted time to speak. In the time she was given, Stuckey clarified her remarks, “I don’t quite understand the illogic of saying that killing a child inside the womb for any reason whatsoever is moral.”

Stuckey supported her point of view with facts and logic — and was at times the only one willing to address those facts. Yet she was treated as if she was spewing hate and misinformation. She was gas-lighted by the committee. Congresswoman Kim Schrier later characterized Stuckey’s pro-life testimony as “harassment” and accused her of spreading “pseudo-science” and “total baloney.” Wasserman-Schultz made clear that she believed Stuckey was too uneducated to understand the facts of abortion.

As those who claimed to be fighting for the rights of women, to be defending female integrity, these committee members’ shutting down of Stuckey’s arguments, dismissal of her understanding, and disregard for her passionate opinion showcased the worst of the feminist movement. In fact, the Democratic committee members demonstrated exactly what is wrong with third wave feminism: raising up the voices of the women with whom they agree while silencing those of the women with whom they disagree.

“If there’s anything I learned from today’s hearing on abortion legislation, it’s that Democrats’ arguments on the subject are truly nothing more than silliness,” Stuckey later tweeted. “Euphemisms, generalities, strawmen & gaslighting is all they have. It’d be funny if babies weren’t dying as a result.”

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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