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6th CD Democrat’s debate comment “Abortion is like gall bladder surgery” sets off firestorm




CHICAGO – The Democrat seeking to oust GOP Congressman Peter Roskam believes abortion is a medical procedure like gall bladder surgery – a comment Roskam immediately rejected during a debate last week in Chicago. 

For the first time in several elections, the Illinois Congressional District once represented by Henry Hyde could fall into Democrat hands, political analysts are saying. Indeed, the current 6th CD map is starkly different that the one Henry Hyde represented. It contains a substantial part of Democrat-controlled Cook County and a portion of Lake County in addition to the eastern part of DuPage County.

But this time, Republican Peter Roskam faces the toughest challenge in 12 years – since he defeated now-U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth – the first runoff after Hyde stepped down. Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the district in 2016 and Democrats smelled blood in the water.

Last week, Roskam and his Democrat challenger Sean Casten debated on several issues, including abortion. Casten made an off-the-cuff remark that is likely to come back and haunt him during the last 100 days of the campaign. After Roskam confirmed that he was pro-life, Casten said abortion is like "gall bladder surgery" – and should be a woman's choice.

The debate comments set off a firestorm, with prolife organization Susan B. Anthony's Tweet: 


And Chicago NOW contributor Dennis Byrne wrote:

A gall bladder doesn't have its own DNA separate from his or her mother's. Gall bladder surgery doesn't end a human being's life. A mother can live without a gall bladder; "terminating a pregnancy" ends a human life. A gall bladder doesn't continue living as a person after the mother dies.

Casten is not alone in denying the humanity of a fetus. The callousness of those who claim they are the exemplars of compassion and sensitivity, but who treat a fetus–even up until birth–is stunning. Their claim to be the guardians of the "most vulnerable" among us is staggering hypocritical.

Sean Casten is endorsed by National Abortion Rights Action League and taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, who protested outside the debate venue.


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  1. Part of the problem is Roskam is a simpering wimp. Trump showed these Nancy-boys how to win and they won’t embrace it. How many rallies has Roskam put together to sell his candidacy? He should have started walking and organizing rallies the day after Trump was elected. There is no reason on earth he could not have put together 150 rallies and coffees by now except laziness.

  2. The second world war ended with two atomic bomb blasts in Japan. Planned Parenthood kills that many babies every year. Sean Casten has the same moral values as Margret Sanger. She was admired by Adolf Hitler. Killing babies by tearing its limbs of. Than Draining the skull. Than crushing the skull. Do people like Sean Casten really exist.
    He is the butcher of the 6th District.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht

  3. Gallbladders don’t have a heart.
    And neither do liberals. Liberals support gun bans and grabs and are anti-2nd amendment freedom stealing dictators. Liberals also support the murder of 60 million unborn and some born babies since 1973. The hypocrites set the example of murdering 60 million babies since 1973 for the children to learn murder is a problem solving tool. Then the hypocritical libturd dumocrats whine about gun violence and blame the guns instead of their failure to set a good example for children by valuing human life. Democraps teach human life has no value and feign surprise when Chitcago has 100’s of murders. Abortion and democrats are deserving of our hatred.

  4. Unfortunately, we have a number of “simpering wimps” in the Republican Party.
    This is the problem with NO term limits: they get comfortable in office and fear party and voter rejection, so will say NOTHING
    important to the voting base. They consider the “base” to be a minority, so they pander to “independents” to get the needed votes to stay in office.
    Repeated terms lead to the OTHER sin: “seniority,” which keeps these weak sisters in office, with outside-the-constituency money financing their campaigns.
    It’s a DIRTY system and, to some degree, unconstitutional. There was NEVER any intent to create “professional politicians” when the Constitution was drafted and put into effect.

  5. So Carl do you have any idea what this country would be like politically if Saint Sanger did not encourage the wholesale slaughter of the would be children of low income minorities and white trash?
    There is no doubt, abortion is murder. But there also is no doubt that demographically the country would be solid blue and liberal. Every other conservative principle would simply not exist without abortion. That is the reality.
    You really need to think what this nation would look like if you had your way.