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Florida House Speaker apologizes for referring to pregnant women as “host bodies” in interview on abortion

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House Speaker Jose Oliva apologized Friday for repeatedly referring to pregnant women as "host bodies" in an interview with CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede about abortion, which was released Thursday night.

The Miami Lakes Republican in a statement apologized multiple times for the phrase, which he said was "an attempt to use terminology found in medical ethics writings with the purpose of keeping the discussion dispassionate. The reaction undoubtedly shows it had the exact opposite effect."

"I apologize for having caused offense, my aim was the contrary," he added. "This is and will continue to be our societies [sic] greatest challenge. I strongly believe both mother and child have rights and the extent and balance of those rights remain in question. I regret my wording has distracted from the issue. My apologies to all."

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