Democrat Norma Torres Blasts 'Sex-Starved Males' for Debating Women's Reproductive Rights in House Speech

A California Democratic congresswoman was pressed to withdraw a comment about "sex-starved males" Wednesday amid a debate on a 2020 federal spending bill.

Norma Torres, who represents the areas of Pomona, Ontario and Fontana, California, dismissed Florida Republican Ross Spano's complaint about a lack of anti-abortion protections in the government spending bill. The lawmakers were meeting to debate the language within the 2020 Health and Human Services spending bill. Torres argued contraception should not be under debate by the Republican men or the Congress as a whole.

"Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman's right to choose," Torres said Wednesday, prompting groans from several in attendance.

Perhaps to no surprise, another male congressman stepped in to suggest Torres withdraw her comment about her male colleagues' sex lives and interference with women's reproductive rights. Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall then requested recognition to speak immediately after Torres' comment.

"Mr. Speaker, I'd just to like ask my friend if she would like to change her last statement?" Woodall said.

"Mr. Speaker if it pleases my colleague on the other side I will withdraw my comment about sex-starved males on the floor," Torres replied, before taking another shot at the GOP representatives.

"Contraception for women is not something that should be debated here," she added.

Torres spoke at length about the need for reproductive care, cancer screenings and STI evaluations she deemed "life-saving services" potentially at risk of being cut should Republicans get their way. She also criticized the Trump administration during her portion of the HHS debate Wednesday.

"It also protects against the administration's policies that prevent a woman from making choices about her future like when to have a child," Torres continued. "When women do decide to become mothers, this bill supports them by investing in working families and our children with $7.8 billion for the childcare and development block grant program.

"Passing this bill will demonstrate our commitment to the ideal that all students deserve a quality, safe and affordable education."