Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Debbie Dingell get into shouting match on US Capitol steps

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., lit into Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on Friday as the latter accosted Democrats after they voted to advance a bill protecting women's rights to have an abortion.

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holding a news conference and Democrats set to get their photo taken on the U.S. Capitol steps after a 218-211 party-line vote, Greene came outside and began to heckle Democrats, at one point shouting, "You all should be ashamed."

She also said that "killing a baby up until birth is a lack of civility, it's called murder." The legislation passed by the House, however, only codifies existing rules under the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision prohibiting restrictions on abortion before a fetal can survive outside the womb.

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Dingell, standing on the steps as Greene reached the bottom, began to yell back, saying Greene should "try being a Christian" and telling her to act with more civility.

"You should try the basic thing you're taught in church — respect your neighbor," Dingell shouted, chopping the air with her hand at Greene.

"Taught in church? Are you kidding me?" Greene yelled back.

Several people who were at the scene caught it and posted it on Twitter.

"She was screaming at all my colleagues... I said, 'Can't you be civil to your colleagues?'" Dingell told the USA TODAY Network.

"She was yelling at them... She was trying to be disruptive and rude to all my colleagues," Dingell continued. "She was trying to bully and disrupt (my) colleagues. We're already on edge. We can disagree agreeably. She doesn't have to go and yell and cause a scene at a press conference."

Greene has been a magnet for controversy since taking office this year and shouted abuse earlier this year at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.

The Democratic majority in the House approved the abortion rights bill in response to moves by several states, notably Texas and Mississippi, to put additional restrictions in place that could severely limit access to abortions. The legislation, however, is unlikely to pass in the Senate, where 60 votes would be needed in the chamber, which is evenly split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

Contact Todd Spangler at tspangler@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @tsspangler.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Marjorie Taylor Greene starts shouting match after abortion vote

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