“I come to the Senate floor today to ask my Republican colleagues a question,” began U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. “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 in 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. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.” This was just the beginning of the Massachusetts firebrand’s diatribe against the GOP, in which she outlined the cynicism with which leading Republicans attempted to manipulate public opinion in their most recent attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood. “Just to be clear,” said Warren, “even though the abortions performed at Planned Parenthood are safe and legal, the federal government is not paying for any of them. Not one dime. This year alone, Republican state legislators have passed more than 50 new restrictions on women’s access to legal healthcare. The Republican scheme to defund Planned Parenthood is just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated, right-wing attack on women’s rights … 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 body and access to medical care.” She concluded by once again reminding Senate colleagues that they are in fact living in the present. “Women have lived through a world where backward-looking ideologues tried to interfere with [their] basic health decisions… and we are not going back,” she said. “Not now, not ever.”
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