Don’t try any funny business while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is watching. You’re going to get called out every time. It’s a lesson Senate Republicans can’t seem to learn. As the Senate was set to vote earlier this week on a controversial bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, Warren saw the move for what it was: nothing more than a shallow ploy to rile up the right-wing base ahead of tonight’s first GOP primary debate.
She took to the Senate floor and opened with a rhetorical question that set the tone for the verbal lashing she was about to unleash on her fellow senators:
“I come to the Senate floor today to ask my Republican colleagues a question,” she began. “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?”
Planned Parenthood has been at the center of heated debate recently thanks to hidden camera footage released by the questionable Center for Medical Progress. The video—which has been criticized as a misleading, insincere, and inaccurate hack job—allegedly shows Planned Parenthood officials talking about selling fetal tissue.
Republicans saw it as evidence that Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts for profit and took the opportunity to revive efforts to stop its federal funding. For its part, the organization maintains that the videos were clearly edited and taken out of context.
Warren’s speech from Monday is her latest eloquent defense of women’s healthcare rights… and middle class America in general. Have a listen:
Whether or not Warren’s admonishment made any real lasting impact remains to be seen. For this round at least, the Senate did vote down the defunding bill introduced by Senator Joni Ernst. However, the story doesn’t end here. Most anticipate the issue to resurface later this year as Congress continues to vote on subsequent spending bills.