On Monday, the U.S. Senate blocked a bill introduced by right-wing extremists in the House, which would have eliminated federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Taking to the Senate floor, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren lambasted right-wing attacks on women’s health for a full seven minutes, citing instance after instance of GOP extremism over the past several years.
As she took to the podium, Warren began by saying:
“I come to the Senate floor today to ask my Republican colleagues a question: Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s? Or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s healthcare centers.”
She echoed the frustrations of the overwhelming majority of U.S. voters, who repeatedly state, in poll after poll, that denying women access to healthcare, birth control or abortion is not a primary issue. Only about one-third of voters say that the GOP represents their opinion on the issue of abortion, while an overwhelming two-thirds majority of voters say they stand with women and democrats on this issue. But that doesn’t stop the right wing nuts in Washington from wasting time and huge amounts of taxpayer dollars trying to force their extremism on everyone else, as Senator Warren pointed out during her speech on Monday.
“You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies.”
She then rattled off an abbreviated list of GOP attacks on women’s health, noting that:
In 2013, Republicans threatened to shut down the government unless they could change the law to let employers deny women access to birth control.
In March of this year, Republicans held up a non-controversial bipartisan bill to stop human trafficking. Why? Because they demanded new anti-abortion restrictions to cover private funding meant to help the victims of human trafficking.
In June, House Republicans passed a budget eliminating funding for the Title X family planning program — the only federal grant program that provides birth control, HIV tests, STD screening, and other preventive services for poor and uninsured people.
Over the past few years, Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 50 times, including the portions that require insurers to cover contraception.
And let’s be clear: It’s not just Congress. Over the past five years, Republican state legislators have passed nearly 300 new restrictions on abortion access. This year alone, Republican state legislators have passed more than 50 new restrictions on women’s access to legal healthcare.
Republicans seem to think that voters actually believe the latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood is just an unplanned response to deceptively edited videos released by the front-group Center For Medical Progress.
In spite of the fact that a republican-led investigation found Planned Parenthood innocent of any wrong doing in connection to those videos, republicans continue to push through their outraged “response” to the fake videos, as if they don’t know they’re fake.
Senator Warren went after them for it, calling out the right wing’s not so hidden agenda, saying:
“So Madam President, let’s be really clear about something. The Republican scheme to defund Planned Parenthood is not some sort of surprised response to a highly edited video. Nope! The Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood is just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated, rightwing attack on women’s rights. And I’m sick and tired of it. Women everywhere are sick and tired of it. The American people are sick and tired of it.
Scheduling this vote during the week of a big Fox News presidential primary debate, days before candidates take trips to Iowa or New Hampshire, isn’t just some clever gimmick. This is an all-out effort to build support to take away a woman’s right to control her own body and access to medical care she may need.”
Watch Senator Warren’s ass-kicking speech, courtesy of TheWorldisYourNews on YouTube.