“Public health emergency” on abortion is “absolutely ridiculous”
By Virginia Allen
The Biden administration recently announced it’s considering declaring a “public health emergency” on abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in June that overturned Roe v. Wade.
“This stupidity never ends with this administration,” Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., told The Daily Signal when asked about the possible “public health emergency.”
“I’m sorry. That is just absolutely ridiculous,” the Florida lawmaker said.
“Of all the things going on today,” Cammack said, “the fact that you’re paying upwards of $12 for a dozen of eggs … . And they have really enforced this unconstitutional [vaccine] mandate across the board on health care workers, on federal employees, on our military, and now they want to declare another national emergency around abortion, around the issue of taking someone’s life.
“It really speaks to the priorities of this administration and how truly disconnected from reality and the American people and their priorities that they truly are.”
The Daily Signal spoke with Cammack on Capitol Hill last Monday and asked her about Biden’s performance during his first two years in office. If giving him a grade, the lawmaker said, she would give the president an “F-minus.”
Allen: Let’s talk a little bit about an issue that I know is of great interest to our audience, and that’s the issue of life. Now, we recently saw that the Biden administration, that they announced that they’re considering a “public health emergency” around abortion. What is your response to this?
Cammack: This stupidity never ends with this administration. I’m sorry that that is just absolutely ridiculous. Of all the things going on today, the fact that you’re paying upwards of $12 for a dozen of eggs, where you have folks on fixed incomes that are trying to figure out, do they pay rent or do they put gas in their car? And they have really enforced this unconstitutional mandate across the board on health care workers, on federal employees, on our military, and now they want to declare another national “emergency” around abortion, around the issue of taking someone’s life.
It really speaks to the priorities of this administration and how truly disconnected from reality and the American people and their priorities that they truly are.
For me, this is pretty simple. I am pro-life, and I think that we as a nation, we need to take a stand. Earlier in the year, one of the first bills that was brought to the floor, I’m really proud of myself and [Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri and Steve Scalise of Louisiana]. We worked together to advance the Abortion Survivor Protection Act, which simply said that if a child survived an abortion and was outside the womb, that medical professionals had to deliver lifesaving care.
Democrats voted that down. They voted against that, and I repeatedly said, “This is not about pro-life, pro-choice. This is about a child that is outside the womb that is breathing, that is struggling for life, and you want to deny it basic care.” That says a lot about us as a people, as a nation and who we are as a society.
I don’t like where we’re heading. We have a complete disregard for life, and it’s got to change. So, as a result, my team and I were working as the co-chairs of the Pro-Life Caucus announcing the Sanctity of Life Project, which is a compilation of legislative initiatives that not only protect life in the womb, but beyond.
We’re talking about supporting families, encouraging adoption and fostering, combating human trafficking, protecting the special-needs community, really going above and beyond to make the case that life is valuable, it’s worth protecting and saving, and that it is who we are as Americans.
Cammack’s conversation with The Daily Signal is featured on today’s edition of the “Problematic Women” podcast.
Editor’s note Virginia Allen writes for The Daily Signal, where this column originally appeared.