Jill Biden takes aim at GOP with story of helping friend after abortion when it was illegal: ‘Devastating’

First Lady Jill Biden told a story Friday, recounting a situation in which she helped her friend in the aftermath of an abortion in Pennsylvania when the procedure was illegal in the late 1960s, and accused Republicans of wanting to “return to that time”.

Biden, speaking at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Women’s Luncheon and Questions Conference, told the story of how when she was 17, when one of her friends became pregnant in the late 1960s. The two lived in Pennsylvania, where abortion was illegal.

“To terminate the pregnancy, she told me her only recourse was to undergo a psychiatric evaluation that would declare her mentally unfit before the doctor would perform the procedure,” Biden said. She did not identify the friend.

“I went to see her at the hospital and cried the whole drive home,” Biden said, adding that her friend couldn’t go home after she got out of the hospital, so Biden asked her mother to let her friend stay with them . Her mother agreed, she said, and “she never told a soul, including, as far as I know, my father.”

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First Lady Jill Biden with President Biden

First Lady Jill Biden with President Biden
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She said she and her mother “never talked about it again.”

“Secrecy. Shame. Silence. Danger. Even death. That’s what defined that time for so many women,” the first lady said, going on to say she was “shocked” by the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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First Lady Jill Biden speaks at the Columbia Medical Center School of Nursing, September 21, 2022

First Lady Jill Biden speaks at the Columbia Medical Center School of Nursing, September 21, 2022
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“It was devastating. How could we go back to that time?” she asked.

Biden said women “will not let this country go backwards” and let “some radical Republican agenda be the legacy we leave for our daughters and granddaughters.”

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McKayla Wolff walked and Karen Wolff walked together as they rallied for abortion rights at the capitol in St.  Paul, Minn., Sunday, July 17, 2022.

McKayla Wolff walked and Karen Wolff walked together as they rallied for abortion rights at the capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, July 17, 2022.
(Jerry Holt/Star Tribune)

The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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