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'I Would Have Been Aborted,' Says Stutzman

Rep. Marlin Stutzman's outrage over the "horrors" revealed at a Philadelphia abortion doctor's office led the Indiana Republican down a personal path of discovery recently.

As the anti-abortion rights lawmaker wrote in the Washington Times this week, his own mother contemplated abortion in December of 1975, after her house burned down and the 17-year-old realized she was pregnant. It's a revelation the congressman himself elicited after giving a speech about the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on the House floor.

"I gave her a call," Stutzman wrote in the Washington Times. "When she answered, I talked to her about my speech on the House floor and then asked gently, “Mom, did you ever think about.” There was a tense pause, and then, through tears she said, 'Marlin, I’m so sorry!' As we cried together, I was no longer a congressman, but a son understanding for the first time the heartache and struggles my mom had gone through before I was born. As we talked about her fear of driving 40 miles [to a Kalamazoo, Mich., clinic] alone, I had to think, “What if a ‘Gosnell‘ clinic was only four miles away instead of 40?”

Stutzman goes on to argue not for any particular legislative remedy, but for "Americans to come together for an honest conversation about abortion."