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06/18/2013 08:36 pm ET Updated Jun 18, 2013

Gwen Moore: 'However Inarticulate, I Think Miss Utah Was On To Something'

While speaking on the House of Representatives floor Tuesday during debate on the 20-week abortion ban, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said Miss Utah Marisa Powell may have been on to something with her fumbled answer on income inequality.

Speaking out against the Republican-backed abortion measure, Moore said that Miss Utah, by "alluding to the power dynamics between men and women in the workplace," had identified an important issue.

'The House GOP has truly pushed the limits this time by offering this unconstitutional bill," Moore said. "However inarticulate, I think Miss Utah was on to something. When you consider the subject at hand, women's right to a medically safe abortion, we once again see men taking leadership roles in invading the privacy and medical decisions of women."

Moore continued, "Perhaps if we could 'create education better' of the importance of women's lives, we would not be here with this bill before us. This bill is an abomination plain and simple. At its foundation, at its heart, is utter disrespect for the dignity and health of women."

The House bill, which would prohibit women from having abortions 20 weeks after conception, passed by a vote of 228 to 196.

During Sunday's Miss USA pageant, Powell was asked about a recent report on income inequality.

“I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to … figure out how to create jobs right now and that is the biggest problem. Especially the men are um, seen as the leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem,” Powell said in a much-mocked response.

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