Rep. Katie Porter ribs Bill Maher during abortion discussion

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) drew laughs from the audience while defending a woman’s right to choose Saturday night, after Real Time host Bill Maher joked about being “squishy” on his “pro-choice” views. 

“They told my mother after my sister, very difficult birth, she shouldn’t have another one. So knowing I could’ve been on the cutting room floor…why is that so terrible?” Maher said.

Porter quipped back at the comedian: “Your mom made her choice, and we’re all here with the consequences of that choice.” {mosads}

“I just want to say God bless Ms. Maher, God bless her for having you. I’m sure it wasn’t easy,” Porter said, adding the point is “she made her choice.”

Jokes aside, the mother of three tweeted the clip Sunday adding “women cannot have social and economic equality without bodily autonomy.”

It’s been a tumultuous year for women’s reproductive rights, with several states across the country passing strict abortion laws, including a de-facto ban in Alabama. 

Last week the conversation took the spotlight in the Democratic presidential primary after former Vice President Joe Biden said he still supported the Hyde amendment, which limits federal funding on abortion care and limiting health care access for low income women.

Biden later reversed his position, after fellow primary candidates reiterated their support of reversing the Hyde amendment. 

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