Republican Lawmaker Grills Group of Teens Advocating for Planned Parenthood, Asks if They Were Virgins
Walking into a meeting with Republican lawmaker in Washington DC, a group of high school students visiting Olympia with Planned Parenthood didn’t expect to be quizzed on their virginity status at the state house.
Rep. Mary Dye made the students face a line of questioning that caught them off guard as she grilled them on their sex life. The teens were advocating for bills that expand insurance coverage for birth control when the lawmaker according to the Seattle Times, asked whether they were virgins. She also suggested one of them was not a virgin.
After she made the statement about virginity, all of my teens looked at me,” Rachel Todd, an education specialist for Planned Parenthood who accompanied the teens on visit to Olympia, Washington, told the Seattle Times. “And I said, ‘You don’t have to answer that. You don’t have to answer that.'”
Rep. Dye then shared with the teens her views on sex and making smart choices.
Dye later apologized, saying in prepared remarks that she appreciated the students “time and professionalism,” but didn’t support the issues for which they were advocating.
Planned Parenthood’s Rachel Todd said the experience was a first for her. “I’ve never been in any type of meeting, especially with teens, where an adult, especially an adult legislator, was so incredibly disrespectful and inappropriate,” she said.
Source: The Seattle Times