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A Republican state rep shouted, ‘You’re a murderer’ at pro-choice protesters and called herself one too

A woman, Susan DeLemus, in a grayish-brown coat walking alongside a man in a suit.
New Hampshire state Rep. Susan DeLemus, right, leaves the Federal Courthouse after attending a hearing for her husband Gerald DeLemus Thursday March, 3, 2016 in Concord, N.H.

  • A New Hampshire state lawmaker called herself a “murderer” in front of abortion-rights protesters.
  • “I’m a murderer! I murdered my own baby,” Rep. Susan DeLemus shouted on the New Hampshire State House steps.
  • DeLemus in 2012 said she had had an abortion in the 1980s that she’s regretted ever since.

A New Hampshire state representative shouted at abortion rights protesters, referring to both them and herself as murderers. 

Video posted to Twitter shows New Hampshire state Rep. Susan DeLemus standing outside the state house on Thursday while confronting a group of protesters. 

“Shame on you! Shame on you, shame on all of you, shame on you for killing babies!” she yelled. 

“You’re a murderer,” she said multiple times while pointing at various protesters. Then she called herself a murderer.

“I’m a murderer! I murdered my own baby,” she shouted. 

DeLemus in 2012 told a Senate committee that she had had an abortion in the 1980s. She’s regretted the decision ever since, she’s said for a decade. 

“I have had an abortion, and I have murdered my baby,” DeLemus said tearfully before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which at the time was holding hearings on bills that sought to impose abortion restrictions for adults for the first time in the state of New Hampshire.

The protest outside the New Hampshire State House came after news broke of a leaked draft opinion in which Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito called the 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions nationwide “egregiously wrong from the start.”

Abortion will remain legal in the United States until the court hands down a final verdict, which could come as early as June when the bench decides the verdict for another abortion case. But the draft itself was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on edge.

If Roe were to be overturned, it would be illegal for Americans in 23 states to obtain an abortion. And in several others, there might be added restrictions.

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