The World According To Rep. Schmidt

May 15, 2009 1:42 pm ET

On May 14, 2009, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Jean Schmidt, speaking on President Obama's nominee for the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, explained what she called "the world according to Dawn Johnsen" - by taking Johnsen's legal opinions and reinterpreting them for herself.

Dawn Johnsen Never Said Pregnancy Was The Equivalent Of Slavery

Rep. Schmidt: "This of all the nominations that have come to our attention so far has really disturbed me the most. And its disturbed me because as most people know one of the things and the heartstrings that I have is my position on life [...] I really want to talk just a few moments about what I call 'life according to Dawn Johnsen.' And I want to talk about some things that have been said by this individual. 'Pregnancy is equivalent to slavery.'" [House Floor Speech, 5/14/09]

Dawn Johnsen: "While a woman might choose to bear children gladly and voluntarily, statutes that curtail her abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest." [, 3/23/09, emphasis added]

Dawn Johnsen Never Said Protecting Life Made Women Fetal Containers

Rep. Schmidt: "'Protecting life makes women into no more than fetal containers.' That's another one of her beliefs." [House Floor Speech, 5/14/09]

Dawn Johnsen: "The woman is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. Thus, abortion restrictions, 'reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers.'" [, 3/26/09, emphasis added]

Clearly, Rep. Schmidt Is Familiar With Johnsen's Words

So why is she twisting them to suit her own agenda?