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The 'Handshake' Photo Taken Down at a Congressional Hearing

Terence P. Jeffrey on

A congressional hearing on Tuesday was suddenly and dramatically interrupted -- by the chairwoman conducting it.

Her aim: Abort a Republican congressman's attempt to present the very first photo of a person who is now 22 years old.

The scene was the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The title of the hearing: "Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion."

Republican Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama began to ask a question of Dr. Christina Francis, the CEO-elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"I want to show a poster," Palmer said to Francis, as a staffer behind him began to hold up a photograph. "This is world-renown. It has gone--"

A gavel slammed down ferociously at the front of the hearing room.


"... on all types of magazines--" Palmer tried to continue.

"The gentleman will suspend, and the staff will take down that picture," declared Chairwoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado.

"We'll take it down," Palmer said calmly.

"In this committee," she declared, "we admit documents and photographs on unanimous consent bases, and this has not been--"


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