Black pro-abortion lawmakers cannot refute the facts about abortion that pro-life U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy presented last week, so they are seeking to formally condemn him instead.
Last week, Duffy angered U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore from Wisconsin and her fellow pro-abortion members of the Black Congressional Caucus when he pointed out the disproportionately high number of African American babies who are aborted, LifeNews reports.
Duffy, who also represents Wisconsin, asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus why they were not being more vocal about “how their communities are targeted in abortion,” The Huffington Post reports. Duffy cited the fact that African Americans are 15 percent of the U.S. population but have 40 percent of the abortions. He added that more black babies are killed in abortions in New York City than are born.
Politico reports that Moore and the Black Congressional Caucus responded this week by considering a resolution that would allow them to formally condemn Duffy for what they say were racially insensitive remarks. According to the news outlet:
Offering a privileged resolution to criticize a colleague is highly unusual, but CBC members say the abortion comments amounted to an attack on the black caucus making a formal criticism of Duffy fair game. But Duffy — who said Tuesday he stands by his comments — said the resolution talk is a distraction and he was the one who suffered a character attack.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the chairman of the black caucus, said the CBC will discuss options in the coming weeks. The North Carolina Democrat said he found the comments “disgusting.” The effort is being pushed by Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore, multiple sources confirmed.
“How dare this man stand out and lecture us and to call us out. He said CBC members. That was personal,” Moore told POLITICO. “He did make it personal.”
The resolution would unlikely be voted on if the CBC opts to move forward with it. Because Republicans control the House it would fall on them to decide if the resolution gets a vote. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) could also opt to send the resolution to committee, table it or hold a full House vote.
After Duffy’s initial remarks, Moore responded by calling Duffy a “hypocrite” and saying she did not expect him “to understand why his comments are offensive,” The Blaze reports.
“Rep. Duffy’s hypocrisy on this issue is as predictable as it is offensive. If he truly, truly wants to fight for the hopeless and voiceless, he should join us,” Moore said, adding that Duffy should support the abortion business Planned Parenthood.
Then, U.S. Rep. Dave Brat from Virginia, who was presiding over House proceedings Friday, told Moore that House rules prohibit personal attacks between members, according to The Hill. Moore reportedly left and “did not stop or look back.”
Duffy told reporters that he never meant to attack Moore or anyone else. He said he used statistics to defend the lives of unborn babies and their mothers, and to encourage legislators to work together “against a powerful industry that targets them and preys on their vulnerability.”
“It is worth noting that Rep. Moore did not refute the harrowing statistics – more African American abortions than live births in NYC – because they are irrefutable,” Duffy said.
On the House floor last week, Duffy said he wants to work with Moore and other legislators to offer hope and non-violent solutions to black families who face difficult or unplanned pregnancies.
“My liberal friends, Congressional Black Caucus members, talk about fighting for the defenseless, the hopeless, and the downtrodden,” Duffy said. “There is no one more hopeless and voiceless than an unborn baby, but their silence is deafening. I can’t hear them. Where are they standing up for their communities, advocating and fighting for their right to life?”