ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that “The intimidation tactics used by members of the Health Committee, especially ANC and EFF members, were aimed to distract other MPs from grasping the relevance of the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Amendment Bill. Calling women in politics ‘emotional’ is a well-known intimidation tactic experienced by women in politics globally”.

In response to one ANC MP’s comment that “one miserable child” doesn’t matter, Dudley said that, “The ACDP does not agree that there is ever a miserable child, only children in miserable circumstances”.

Dudley further said that “Although MPs accused me of being emotional, my observation was that the topic prompted a very emotional angry response from some who appeared ready with their reaction even though most of what was said did not apply to the proposed amendments.  For example, an EFF member 'went off' about rape and screamed that I must not be allowed back in the committee.”

Dudley apologised to committee members for offending them with her honest responses to their questions and thanked them for their questions and responses which she appreciated.

“Yesterday was not pleasant but the subject is not pleasant. It touches very deep painful places in people,” Dudley said.

28 March 2018