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PA State Representative Wendy Ullman while commenting on early miscarriage, Oct. 29, 2019.

November 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Democrat state lawmaker who came under fire last week for referring to miscarried babies as “just some mess on a napkin” has issued an apology for her “poorly chosen” language, but many women are deeming it insufficient to account for her original comments.

During a hearing on proposed legislation to provide for humane burial of miscarried or aborted babies, Pennsylvania state Rep. Wendy Ullman said the following while objecting to the bill: “It refers specifically to the product of conception after fertilization which covers an awful lot of territory. I think we all understand the concept of the loss of a fetus, but we’re also talking about a woman who comes into a facility and is having cramps and — not to be, not to be, concrete — an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin.”

Tom Shaheen, vice president of the Policy for Pennsylvania Family Institute, which publicized video of the incident, summarized the pro-life objection to Ullman’s remarks by declaring “a miscarriage, no matter how early, does not result in a ‘mess on a napkin’ but the loss of a child. Each human life deserves respect, even when lost at an early stage in development.”

On November 1, Ullman explained that she had “struggled for words” while “relaying a story of my family friend,” and the result was that her “words were poorly chosen, and I apologize. I remain steadfast that every single step of a medical process, including the handling of remains, should be decided by a patient and her doctor”:


On Monday, The Daily Wire compiled reactions from numerous readers who did not accept Ullman’s explanation:

Most other readers of the lawmaker’s thread found her “apology” insufficient:

Many of the responses came from women who’ve suffered miscarriage and others who have been affected by miscarriage.

The bill, HB 1890, cleared the Health Committee 15-10, with every Democrat member voting against it. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar provision of Indiana’s law. Motivated by horror stories about abortion facilities destroying the babies they kill with methods such as “big ovens,” such bills are meant to prevent the bodies of aborted children from being treated like medical waste, both out of respect for their dignity and to underscore their humanity.