Democrat apologizes for calling miscarriages 'just some mess on a napkin'
Earlier this week, a Pennsylvania state lawmaker was lambasted online after she was caught on video describing early miscarriages as "just some mess on a napkin", FOX News has reported.
State Rep. Wendy Ullman - a Democrat from Bucks County - made the visceral remark on Tuesday during a state House Health Committee hearing, according to reports.
You can watch Ullman make the comment in the video below:
At the hearing, she 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."
Yesterday (Friday, November 1), Ullman took to Twitter to apologize for her comments, and shed some light on why she made the remark:
She said: "In a discussion in the committee meeting earlier this week, I chose my words poorly and for that I apologize. [...]
"In the discussion, which was on a bill that would require ritual burial or cremation following any miscarriage, I was in near-tears relaying a story of my family friend."
"This issue is intensely important to me. and that’s why I struggled for words. My words were poorly chosen, and I apologize. I remain steadfast that every single step of a medical process, including the handling of remains, should be decided by a patient and her doctor."
However, many Twitter users were understandably outraged by Ullman's comments, and took to the social media site to share their grief at an early miscarriage, and voice their thoughts on the Democrat's comments:
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage, with most occurring during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
With many people calling for Ullman to resign following her comments, we'll have to wait and see what her next move will be in order to repair this blunder.