Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, said during the debate, "This amendment takes us one step back to those dark days of back-alley abortions"
Jane Harmon, another California Democrat, added, "I am old enough to remember the days of back alley abortions. Some women I know had them. I cannot bear the idea that the 111th Congress would restore that horror."
Even men such as Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings said he foresaw a "a return to the dark ages."
Then, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, speaking on the Senate floor in the days after the Stupak amendment was adopted, also claimed it would force women to "return to back-alley providers."
Terry ONeill, the president of the National Organization of Women, echoed the false claims by saying that it is "not acceptable' to have a bill with an abortion funding ban that is "pushing women back into the back alleys to die.
The Stupak amendment, she claims, does just that. . . .