Outrage after Dem lawmaker calls early miscarriages “just some mess on a napkin”

by Adam Ford · Nov 2nd, 2019 12:51 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-PA) sparked outrage this week by saying “an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin” while debating a bill about how to properly handle the remains of deceased preborn babies.

“It refers specifically to the product of conception after fertilization, which covers an awful lot of territory,” Ullman said. “I think we all understand the concept of the loss of a fetus, but we’re also talking about a woman who comes into a facility and is having cramps and — not to be — not to be — concrete — an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin, and I’m not sure people would agree that this is something that we would want to take to the point of ritual, either cremation or interment.”

Ullman was speaking at a House Health Committee hearing in opposition to a proposed bill calling for fetal remains to be cremated or buried, regardless of gestational age.

After three days of outrage on social media, Ullman issued an apology:

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