Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) ventured into the age-inappropriate territory during a speech at a Cincinnati Catholic school, where she addressed a room of students ranging from 1st to 8th graders.

“Unexpectedly, towards the end of her address, Congresswoman Schmidt brought up the topic of abortion,” Principal Dan Teller wrote in a letter to parents….

She defined abortion as the taking of a child’s life in the mother’s womb,” Teller wrote in the letter. “She indicated that abortion involves the killing of a child before it is born.

… Abortion was not originally included in her speech, but Schmidt reportedly decided to address the issue in the question-and-answer period after her talk.

While speaking about the connection between moral issues and legislation, she used abortion as an example to illustrate her point.

“She received a follow-up question, which she answered consistent with Catholic teaching,” [according to] her spokesman Bruce Pfaff….

When students kept asking about abortion… Schmidt told them to talk to their parents.

Schmidt… was quickly slammed by her Democratic opponent, who accused her of crossing the line.

~Meena Hartenstein, NY Daily News, October 27