Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Talks Abortion in Front of the Kids
If any those parents live in Ohio's Second Congressional District, they may want to write their congresswoman.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, was talking to a group of students ranging from 6 to 14 years old at a local Catholic school when one of the children asked a question about abortion.
Schmidt answered it.
For about two minutes, Schmidt talked about her opposition to abortion, describing it as the murder of a baby inside a mother's womb.
Inside her ... what? For the younger children, who might still think the birthing process involves a stork, this womb business was probably a big enough shocker. Add to it a macabre and murderous twist and, well, suddenly parents have some questions of their own.
That's putting it delicately, because let's just say Schmidt really hit the fan.
Dan Teller, the principal at Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori, quickly dashed off a letter to parents, explaining this little bit of sex education is not part of the curriculum.
"Your children may come home with questions, especially if this is a topic that has not been broached in your home," Teller wrote in a letter to parents, obtained by WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati.
Schmidt may have only talked about abortion for two minutes toward to the end of her speech during the Q & A, but while reportedly not graphic, her remarks were apparently quite memorable.
"She defined abortion as the taking of a child's life in the mother's womb," Teller wrote in the letter.
Schmidt "was not invited to further any political agenda," Teller wrote. He apologized to parents "for any confusion or fear that this may elicit on the part of your child, and for the awkward position this may put you in of introducing a difficult issue at a time that may be premature for you."
Bruce Pfaff, a spokesman for Schmidt, tells the Enquirer it's not like the congresswoman veered off topic and launched into an emotional tirade against abortion. She was discussing the connection between morality and legislation and used abortion as an example.
Her controversial remarks started when she was responding to a student's follow-up question.
"She answered consistent with Catholic teaching," Pfaff tells the Enquirer.
Pfaff adds that Schmidt told children to talk to their parents when they kept asking abortion questions.
Schmidt is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Surya Yalamanchili, who was -- fancy that -- quick to respond to the situation.
"We've elected leaders to Congress who have absolutely zero judgment on even the most basic matters," he says in a statement reprinted on TopicFire.com. "Regardless of your views on abortion, speaking to a group of 6-year-old children that are not yours about such a sensitive topic should be common sense."
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