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Rep. Burgess to Newsmax: 'Preposterous' to Say Conservatives Don't Care About Mother's Life

(Newsmax/''Spicer & Co.'')

By    |   Tuesday, 19 July 2022 06:08 PM EDT

Democrats are completely wrong in saying conservatives care only about the unborn baby and not about the mother in the abortion debate, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, a former practicing OB-GYN, told Newsmax on Tuesday.

''The recent Supreme Court ruling has opened the door for complete and utter chaos,'' one witness at Tuesday's congressional hearing ''Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion.'' ''We have created a situation where pregnant people are shut up from care, cut off from trusted resources and could face severe legal repercussions.''

''Of course, none of that is true,'' Burgess told ''Spicer & Co.'' co-host Lyndsay Keith. ''I practiced for 25 years, did not do abortions. The hospital I was in did not do abortions. The surgery center that I started did not do abortions. And yet, if someone needed treatment for a miscarriage, if someone needed treatment for ectopic pregnancy, there's no question about it: They got the care that they needed at the time.''

Tuesday's subcommittee hearing on the subject allowed Republicans to present only one anti-abortion witness of six total, Burgess said. That was Dr. Christina Francis of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who pointed out that ''92% of OB-GYNs are basically pro-life, that is, they do not do abortions,'' Burgess said. ''And so you're telling me that 92% of the workforce was not taking care of patients? I mean, it's just preposterous, and people know that it's not true.''

If a pregnancy threatens the mother's life and a procedure needs to be done, ''of course you do that,'' he said. ''But not the voluntary interruption of a pregnancy to destroy a life.

''Look, doctors want to provide care for their patients. That's the bottom line as a pro-life OB-GYN,'' Burgess added. ''That is what I did for 25 years. I've never felt that I was providing less than awesome care for my patients. But what I would not do — what I would not do — was interrupt a normal, viable pregnancy.''

Burgess is seeking another term representing Texas' 26th Congressional District. He faces Libertarian Mike Kolls and independent William Cunningham in the Nov. 8 general election.

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Democrats are completely wrong in saying conservatives care only about the unborn baby and not about the mother in the abortion debate, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, a former practicing OB-GYN, told Newsmax on Tuesday.
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