“The uterus is the only organ in a woman’s body that has no specific purpose in her life or well-being,” Tschida wrote Monday, according to MTN News, the first to report the news. “It really is a sanctuary.”
The false claim contradicts the long-accepted science surrounding the pear-shaped organ and how it supports women’s reproductive health and function. The uterus plays a crucial role not only in the growth and development of a fetus during pregnancy, but also in menstruation and fertility. Conditions and diseases of the uterus can cause painful symptoms that require medical attention, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Tschida’s statements were met with backlash from the Democrats accused lawmakers to have “antiquated and frankly objectionable beliefs.” Among those critics was State Assemblyman Willis Curdy (D), Chida’s Senate opponent, who called the comments “absolutely ridiculous and absolutely creepy”.
“He’s literally telling women what’s theirs and what’s not and what they can and can’t do with their bodies,” Curdy tweeted.
But Tschida, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday, doubled down on his comments to local media, referencing a comment made by the anti-abortion activist on the podcast episode, which he referenced: There is only an organ in a woman’s body “that is not there to serve her any purpose, and that is her womb”.
“I will not apologize for saying that,” Tschida told MTN. “I think that’s what it’s for. It welcomes a new life and that is what it is for, to nurture and sustain that life.”
The Republican’s comments come as the country continues to navigate the first few weeks of a post-roe Landscape – a stretch dominated by protests, lawsuits, court rulings and the arrest of a man in the case of a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) announced Thursday that he would sue the Biden administration over federal regulations requiring abortions to be performed in medical emergencies to save the life of the mother, even in states with near-complete abortions Forbidden. The lawsuit follows new guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services that asserted federal law mandating emergency medical treatment supersedes all state restrictions on abortion in cases where the life or health of the pregnant patient is at risk.
Texas is suing the Biden administration for requiring abortions in medical emergencies
While abortion remains legal in Montana for now due to safeguards in the state constitution, Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) has previously said he would call a special legislative session on abortion if it were the case roe was overturned. As Gianforte joined fellow Republicans on June 24 in celebrating what he called “a historic victory for life, families and science,” the governor said tweeted that he was “in discussions with legislative leaders about the next steps as we work to protect life in Montana.” Any change in the law to end abortion protections would require a voter-approved amendment.
I’m in discussions with legislative leaders about next steps as we work to protect life in Montana.
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) June 24, 2022
Chida, who has represented Missoula in the House of Representatives since 2015, is running for a state Senate seat in a district the Democrats narrowly won in the last two elections. The seat was taken by Democratic Senator Diane Sands, an outspoken advocate of women’s reproductive rights, who spoke with Vice President Harris at a recent White House roundtable on access to abortion. Sands’ term ends next year.
In an email sent to lawmakers Monday, Tschida referenced an episode of a podcast featuring a pro-choice professor and debated with an anti-abortion woman. Though Tschida told local media he didn’t remember the name of the podcast, the Republican noted how the professor asked his anti-abortion guest if a woman had to “sacrifice her organs because someone else told her to.” After considering the question, Tschida wrote, the woman expressed her opinion that “the womb is a place reserved for another person who arrives as a result of a man and woman’s choice to procreate.”
“That single factor has struck me since hearing that comment,” Tschida wrote.
The Republican told the Daily Montanan that the message he took away from the womb replacement was comparable to a time he saw a deer stop birds of prey from eating its dead fawn.
“We have a mother who is a wild animal trying to protect her offspring who are already dead, but we don’t have the same concern for the unborn in humanity in general,” he said. “I thought that was a pretty interesting parallel or dynamic.”
The Republican argued that voters care more about issues other than abortion — such as inflation, high gas prices and electoral security — and that his views on women’s rights and their bodies won’t matter in November’s election.
“I’ve told people what I believe. I told them how I would vote,” he told the newspaper. “It’s up to the individual.”
Katie Shepherd contributed to this report.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/07/15/abortion-women-womb-gop-montana-tschida/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_politics Montana GOP Lawmaker Brad Tschida: Woman’s Uterus Has ‘No Specific Purpose In Her Life Or Well-Being’