Speaking on the House floor last week, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) was greeted with audible boos after arguing that had the government been willing to pay for abortions, the mothers of President Barack Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas might have aborted their children. Earlier today, the House GOP’s official website posted video of Tiahrt’s offensive comment. The entirety of the floor speech is found under the title, “Tiahrt’s Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Abortions.” But the House GOP has flagged for its readers the most inflammatory part of the speech, by pulling out Tiahrt’s quote claiming that Obama’s mother might have terminated her pregnancy:
…if you think of it in human terms, there is a financial incentive that will be put in place, paid for by tax dollars, that will encourage women who are single parents, living below the poverty level, to have the opportunity for a free abortion. If you take that scenario and apply it to many of the great minds we have today, who would we have been deprived of? Our president grew up in those similar circumstances. If that financial incentive was in place, is it possible that his mother may have taken advantage of it?
Media Matters Action Network asks, “All of this raises the question for every Republican in the House: do they endorse Rep. Tiahrt’s comments, or not?”