On Wednesday, the members of the House of Representatives met to discuss a federal spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It might have been an ordinary hearing, except Representative Norma Torres, during her time on the floor, called her Republican colleagues intent on restricting abortion access “sex-starved males.” Thank you, C-SPAN legend.
Torres’s exact words were: “Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose.” Just as she finishes her sentence, the room starts booing in response—but clearly some people found it amusing; one woman seated behind Torres looks like she’s trying not to smirk.
Torres was responding to comments made by her colleague from Florida, Representative Ross Spano, who had said he opposes the package of federal funding bills currently being debated because it would “strip pro-life provisions” across the country. “For more than 40 years this country has operated under the policy that not one cent of tax-payer money can be used to fund abortion,” he added.
Immediately after Torres’s comment, Representative Rob Woodall asked if Torres wanted to change her statement.
“If it pleases my colleague on the other side, I will withdraw my statement of sex-starved males on the floor,” Torres said, clearly using it as another opportunity to commit the phrase “sex-starved males” to the C-SPAN transcripts. Honestly a masterful use of time.