GOP rep.: Force women to have babies because abortion 'robs men' of fatherhood rights

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) told conservative activists on Wednesday that women should be forced to carry their babies to term because abortion "robs men" of their right to be fathers.

Speaking at the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Hartzler opined that "abortion hurts everyone."

"It ends a beating heart, it leaves emotional wounds with women that they carry for life and it robs men of the privilege of fatherhood," she said. "That's why we must do everything in our power to end this devastating practice."

Hartzler asserted that if abortion hadn't been legalized, "perhaps we would have had a cure for cancer now."

"Let us not become weary in doing good," she advised the crowd. "For at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

"We will continue to do all that we can here on Capitol Hill to ensure Americans born and yet to be born enjoy the most basic right to life."

As Right Wing Watch pointed out, anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively used similar rhetoric, saying that abortion "robs" men just earlier this week.

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Jan. 22, 2013.