Dem Rep. Calls GOP Colleagues ‘Sex-Starved Males’

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A Democratic California Rep. called her Republican colleagues “sex-starved men” on the House floor Wednesday, before withdrawing the comment at another congressman’s behest.

Rep. Norma Torres made the comment while speaking on the House floor about the language in the fiscal year 2020 Health and Human Services appropriations bill.


“It is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose,” Torres began. (RELATED: PBS Tackles Abortion Debate In Frontline Documentary — And Gets It Right)

UNITED STATES – JULY 25: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members from left, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., wave and take photos on stage during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus presentation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall called a point of order and said, “Mr. Speaker, I would just like to ask my friend if she’d like to change her last statement.”

Torres then withdrew the remark before adding the following, according to Mediaite:

I will put it in different terms. It is tiring to be here on this floor or in committee as a woman to continue to be counseled about what types of affordable planning — feminine, whether it is family planning conversations that rightfully I deserve to have with my own doctor, choosing when women want to have a family, and to avoid pregnancies before they become pregnancies. It is unfortunate that that is something that continues to be denied to American women day in and day out on this floor. And with that I will reserve the balance of my time.

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