Sen. Elizabeth Warren is, without a doubt, my favorite politician. Not only does she seem like the most genuine person in Washington, but she’s managed to bring about massive changes to the Democratic party that no other politician has really ever been able to do – and she did it almost immediately upon entering office. That’s what you call an effective leader. My only “complaint” is that she waited so long to run for office.
Well, during a recent speech on the Senate floor, the Massachusetts senator displayed once again why she’s become a superstar for Democrats when she absolutely crushed Republicans who are trying to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Do you have any idea what year it is?” Warren asked “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 health care centers.”
“You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised.” she continued. “The Republicans have had a plan, for years, to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies.”
She then went on to list several instances over the last few years, including twice this year, where Republicans have repeatedly pushed for legislation that specifically targeted women’s rights.
“Let’s be really clear about something.” Warren stated. “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 right-wing attack on women’s rights, and I’m sick and tired of it.”
Trust me, if you have the time, take 7 minutes to watch her entire speech. It was absolutely fantastic.
These Planned Parenthood “undercover” videos are a pure scam. If this group really believed what they were filming was officials from Planned Parenthood admitting that they were doing something illegal, then why didn’t they simply take these videos and turn them over to the proper law enforcement agencies to prosecute those involved? Not only that, but why is it taking so long for some of these videos to be released?
But beyond all of that, all these videos “prove” is the legal practice of selling fetal tissues for scientific research. This isn’t Planned Parenthood going out to recruit women to have abortions so they can sell these specimens for profit – though that’s clearly what Republicans are trying to portray these videos as “proving.” As Warren said, this is nothing more than Republicans in Congress seizing on highly edited videos in yet another attempt to prevent women from having control over their own bodies.
As Elizabeth Warren pointed out, this shouldn’t surprise any of us. Roe v. Wade was decided over forty years ago, yet Republicans have continued to do everything they can to deny women their Constitutionally protected right to have control over their own bodies.
Watch her speech below via C-SPAN2: