Jean Schmidt is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2005. She is a member of the Republican Party.Â She won her seat in a special election on August 2, 2005, by 3.5 percentage points over Democrat and Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett.
Schmidt who is strongly pro-life believes that Roe v. Wade was a flawed law made by activist judges and would like to see it reversed.Â Roe v. Wade was the decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. The Court held that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion.
Schmidt shocked both teachers and students this month when she decided to talk about abortion to a classroom of students.Â She defined abortion as the taking of a child's life in the mother's womb. She indicated that abortion involves the killing of a child before it is born.
Schmidt was addressing students ranging from first to eighth graders.Â She was invited to speak to the students, but not to further any political agenda.Â The two minute abortion-related portion of the speech not only shocked teachers and the school principal, it piqued the curiosity of many students who kept asking questions about abortion.Â When students kept asking about abortion, Schmidt told them to talk to their parents.
In September 2009 the White House found itself on the defensive over a speech to the nation's children by President Obama.
The White House said the address and accompanying suggested lesson plans were simply meant to encourage students to study hard and stay in school.Â Many conservative parents didn't buy into it. They were convinced the president was going to use the opportunity to press a partisan political agenda on impressionable young minds.
"Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. "I'm an American. They are Americans, and I don't feel that's OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."
Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer released a statement accusing Obama of using taxpayer money to "indoctrinate" children.
"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology," Greer said.
What is your opinion?Â Would you rather have children listen to a speech about abortion or the president's suggested lesson plans?Â Why isn't there an uproar by Republicans who accused Obama of indoctrinating children?
Jean Schmidt's photo courtesy of Brandon/AP
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