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GOP lawmaker asks teenage Planned Parenthood activists if they're virgins

State Rep. Mary Dye reportedly asked the question to a group of teenage activists.
Young people demonstrate in support of Planned Parenthood in 2012.Edward Kimmel/Flickr

A group of civically-engaged teenagers in Washington state found themselves being asked deeply personal questions by a lawmaker during a visit to the state capital.

The Seattle Times reported that state Rep. Mary Dye, a Republican, asked a throng of teenagers there in support of Planned Parenthood whether or not they were virgins.

"After the students – part of a Pullman-area teen council chapter of Planned Parenthood visiting their lawmakers – advocated for bills that propose to expand insurance coverage for birth control, Dye did some advocating of her own," explained Joseph O'Sullivan. "Dyeasked if the students were virgins and suggested one was not."

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Dye is a wheat farmer and Republican committeewoman, according to the Capitol Record.

New York Magazine added that Dye gave the teenagers her opinion about life choices, too. Dye later called her opinion a mere advocacy of "good choices."

Once news broke that Dye harangued the teensabout their sex lives, she swiftly issued an apology – sort of.

"Following a conversation they initiated on birth control for teenagers, I talked about the empowerment of women and making good choices — opinions shaped by my mother and being a mother of three daughters," Dye reportedly said.

"In hindsight, a few of the thoughts I shared, while well-intended, may have come across as more motherly than what they would expect from their state representative. If anything I said offended them or made them feel uncomfortable, I apologize."

In other words, sorry if you were offended by my asking about your sex life.

 
 
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