During the House floor debate on a bill to ban state funding of abortions Friday, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen said legal abortion encourages men to sexually exploit women.

The freshman Republican from Glencoe, who repeatedly addressed “ladies” in his remarks, made the argument after noting that seven men decided the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case.

"Men, a certain percentage have developed a perverted view of women," Gruenhagen said. "And what abortion tells men is they can use women and lose them. OK? Use and lose them and run from their responsibility."

"And then on top of that we have the state showing up and paying for the sexual exploitation of women. Ladies, let’s put a stop to this. Let’s put a stop to sending a message to men that they can use you and leave you with the consequences and have the government pick up the tab for that."

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