Elizabeth Warren Defends Planned Parenthood… Shreds GOP

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.

5 Responses

  1. Kyle Stoutenburg

    Senator Warren is totally correct in defending Planned Parenthood. In Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper had a program that gave IUD’s and other high end birth control to at risk teenage girls. Abortions were REDUCED by 40% along with a 40% in unwanted pregnancies. So if yo want to reduce abortions support Planned Parenthood because family planning and birth control programs reduces unwanted pregnancies. We should support Planned Parenthood because 97% of the medical procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are mostly primary health care for women. Women’s cervical and breast cancer screenings, family planning and birth control, and other basic reproductive health care needs are met at Planned Parenthood. Those opposed to abortion are misogynist towards women in general. I would love to see a right winged conservative go into the Army and tell a female Lieutenant Colonel with a Master’s in Business Administration counseling her female company commanders and other female officers about how to talk to other female soldiers about their family planning or birth control needs that they can not have abortions or access to birth control. Several of the posters here are suffering from serious parochialism, cultural lag, ignorance, and are not living in 21st century America.

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    1. nemo80

      97 percent of medical procedures performed by PP! What a pack of well-you -know-what. that stat has nothing to do with reality, but PP has a nice way of stacking the numbers to make it look legit. but Kyle and his friends should know better and, hopefully then, refrain from using the stats at issue. as to 21st American, yes we know all too well that we life there. a place where Kyle and hacks like him would have us believe tat shredding one’s children is “progress”.

  2. Doug

    Wow. Elizabeth Warren goes to the Senate floor to praise an organization that tears babies apart limb from limb and then lies about it for illegal profit. God please help this woman.

  3. John Karas

    What year it is has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that abortion is murder. That is not woman’s health care at all. Elizabeth Warren needs to admit the truth that her politics are immoral and Ben Hansen needs to see past his illogical political position. There is really no justifying it with deceptive talking points.

  4. Al wartner

    The only “shredding ” that was done,was the shredding of little babies into parts. Disgusting and indefensible!

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