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Gohmert made the remarks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about the expected impact of a leaked Supreme Court decision that would overturn federal abortion rights for women.
The congressman began his questioning by using the "it's my body, it's my choice" slogan to call for an end to Covid-19 vaccine mandates.
"The same people that seem to think when it comes to a vaccination, it's not your body and it's not your choice," he said.
Gohmert then turned to one of the witnesses, anti-abortion activist Catherine Foster, to ask if she believed in personal autonomy.
"Do you believe that people have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies?" he wondered.
"I believe in protecting every human being," Foster replied. "Whatever you call that is what I'm for. And that absolutely includes human beings in the womb."
The Texas congressman pressed Foster about legalized child drownings.
"We've heard testimony about the mental duress of carrying a child," Gohmert pointed out. "And of course, I'm sure you're aware of what's called postpartum depression. Some have it very severely and I'm wondering if a mother is suffering severe depression as a result of having a child that she's not mentally a physically able to take care of, do you believe that a mother should have the right, like, to drown a child, to get rid of the child because of the mental stress and duress and problems that the mother is having?"
"That would be horrifying," Foster remarked. "And that's why we have safe haven laws to provide support and resources and an outlet for women in difficult situations."
Watch the video below from the House Judiciary Committee.
One of three former Minneapolis police officers facing trial for the death of George Floyd pleaded guilty on Wednesday to manslaughter charges.
Thomas Lane was convicted in February of federal charges of violating the civil rights of Floyd, the African-American man whose May 2020 murder sparked nationwide protests.
Lane, who is white, had been scheduled to go on trial next month on Minnesota state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Instead, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, a court spokesman said.
The other two officers, Tou Thao, who is Hmong American, and J. Alexander Kueng, who is Black, were also convicted in February of federal charges and are to go on trial on the state charges on June 13.
Derek Chauvin, who was the senior officer on the scene, was convicted of murder last year after a high-profile trial and is serving 22 years in prison.
Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on the neck of a handcuffed Floyd for nearly 10 minutes until he passed out and died.
Floyd's death, which was filmed by a bystander in a video that went viral, sparked months of protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world.
Under the plea agreement, Lane will serve three years in a federal prison, the court spokesman said.
The term will run concurrently with the sentence he receives on the federal charges. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison welcomed the plea agreement.
"I am pleased Thomas Lane has accepted responsibility for his role in Floyd's death," Ellison said in a statement.
"His acknowledgment he did something wrong is an important step toward healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community, and the nation.
"While accountability is not justice, this is a significant moment in this case and a necessary resolution on our continued journey to justice."
On the roof of the world, Antonina Samoilova held up a blue and yellow panel emblazoned "Stand With Ukraine" while her father and brother were serving in the army defending their country against Russia's invasion.
The 33-year-old had tears in her eyes as she unfurled the Ukrainian flag on the summit of Mount Everest last week, she said on Wednesday after returning to Kathmandu.
The world's attention was turning away from her country's plight following Russia's invasion, she worried.
"It is a pity... it's not good for us Ukrainians because we need more help, we need all the world to help us," she told AFP. "It's not yet over in Ukraine.
"I knew already before the expedition that I am the only Ukrainian on Everest this year. That made me push myself to go to the summit because I knew if it's not me, then who?" she said.
Samoilova was at the summit of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico's highest mountain, in February when news of the Russian invasion reached her.
Her first updates on the war came from a Kyiv bomb shelter where her sister was hiding.
As she made her way to the top of Everest, days without contact with her father and brother who have volunteered to fight were weighing on her mind.
On her return, she learned that their region had been quiet. "I was like 'Whoo! Thank god!'" she said.
And her phone buzzed with hundreds of messages of support from friends and strangers once she reached base camp.
"Tonia, you are not only our pride, you are the pride of all Ukraine," her father said in a text.
Nepal has issued 319 permits to foreign mountaineers, each accompanied by at least one guide, for this year's Everest spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May.
The country only reopened its peaks to mountaineers last year after the pandemic shut down the industry in 2020.
A rare window of good weather has already allowed more than 450 climbers and guides to reach the Everest summit since a team of Nepali climbers opened the route on May 7, bringing relief to expedition operators.
At least three climbers, a Russian and two Nepalis, have died on Everest since the season began.
Samoilova is aiming to join the select club of climbers to scale the Seven Summits -- the highest mountains on each continent -- and has already completed Kilimanjaro in Africa, Europe's Elbrus and Antarctica's Mount Vinson.
But first, she plans to see her sister and nephew, who have escaped to Croatia, before driving back to her father and brother in Ukraine.
"I just want to hug them," she said.
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