Speier had initially been motivated to speak by Smith's remarks. The New Jersey Republican had delivered a lengthy, graphic speech in which he talked about a "tiny dead baby" falling to the floor after an operation, citing a passage from Abby Johnson's book "Unplanned."
"There is nothing whatsoever benign or caring or generous or just or compassionate or nurturing about abortion," Smith argued. "It is child abuse."
After Friday's vote, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released a statement calling Repblican lawmakers "out of control" and "extreme".
"The new anti-choice House leadership promised a jobs agenda and is now waging a war on contraception," Keenan said. "This is why elections matter. In the past, we had the votes to beat attacks like this amendment, but a new wave of anti-choice politicians is voting to take away women's access to birth control. These lawmakers are out of control, and we hold them accountable for their actions. As the debate goes to the Senate, our members will tell senators that they must put a stop to this extreme anti-choice agenda."