Republican Senator: End Choice Because Women’s Reproductive Rights Is A ‘Men’s Issue'(VIDEO)

A Republican senator had the gall to claim that he is allowed to mansplain to women about their reproductive rights because abortion is a “men’s issue.”

During heated debate on the Senate floor on Monday over the fate of critical Planned Parenthood funding that provides healthcare to millions of low-income women across the nation, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford implied that he is allowed to oppose abortion rights for women just because he stuck his penis in a woman at least twice and became a father of two daughters.

Lankford called for ending federal funding of Planned Parenthood even though none of that funding is used to pay for abortions because of a law known as the Hyde Amendment. As an excuse, Lankford used the criminally obtained and heavily edited anti-Planned Parenthood videos to justify his effort. However, all of the funding goes to pay for cancer screenings, contraceptives, and other women’s health services. So he would be punishing millions of women and threatening their health over three percent of what Planned Parenthood does. But Lankford proposed stripping that funding and giving it to community health centers instead.

After he spoke, California Senator Barbara Boxer rose to rip Lankford a new one for lecturing women on their reproductive rights.

“I just don’t like lectures by men about what it’s like. I’m pro-choice and I just have to say, using pregnancy as a political football doesn’t sit well with the people I represent and the people of this country. We have to respect one another. I respect your view entirely. I’m asking you to respect mine. Keep Uncle Sam out of my private life and my children’s and my grandkids’ and your’s. Families will make these decisions with their God, with their doctor. And 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with abortion.”

Boxer went on to present the story of a woman who could have died if Planned Parenthood hadn’t gotten her the cancer screenings she needed and called out Republicans for being hypocrites on community health centers because they voted against Obamacare, which created them. And as we all know, Republicans are still hell-bent on repealing Obamacare, which would eliminate the very community healthcare centers that Republicans want to replace Planned Parenthood with.

After she spoke, Lankford returned to refer to abortion as a “men’s issue” because he has a wife and two daughters.

“I’m a dad of two daughters. I had something to do with the birth as well, and was also there. I was there during the sonograms. My wife and I are extremely close. And to be a dad of two daughters, I’m very passionate, not only about my own wife, but about my mom, who’s a cancer survivor — multiple-time cancer survivor — I’m passionate about my daughters having every single opportunity. So this is important to us as well. This is not just a women’s issue, this is a men’s issue as well. Because this is a family issue. And the family is extremely important to all of us.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

Lankford is yet another typical medieval conservative male who thinks he has the right to deny women an abortion just because a woman allowed him to have sex with her on at least two occasions. The problem with using the ole “”I had something to do with the birth as well” argument is that rapists could use the same argument to prevent their victims from getting an abortion, thus forcing them to carry unwanted pregnancies to term against their will and go through nine months of additional torment by their rapists and beyond since many states still allow rapists to have parental rights. Republicans have certainly been laying the groundwork for that over the last few years.

Something else to think about is the life of the mother. If Lankford’s wife or one of his daughters need an abortion to save their life, would he forbid them from getting an abortion? And let’s say that there’s ZERO chance the fetus will survive whether the procedure is refused or not, but the woman can only survive if she gets the abortion. Would Lankford still forbid it and allow his wife or daughter to die on the table for the sake of not breaking his anti-abortion beliefs? Somehow, I think he would become pro-choice at that dire time when his own loved ones are at risk. Because Republicans are hypocrites who don’t give a damn about anyone else until they are faced with making the same heart-breaking decisions themselves. And even then, they think it’s okay if they do it, but not okay for anyone else.

If Republicans were truly serious about preventing abortions, they would simply stop waging war against birth control and comprehensive sex education, both of which have reduced pregnancy rates and abortion rates in the states that make both a priority.

The bottom line, however, is that women have the right to choose because they are the ones who have to carry a pregnancy for nine months and are then usually the ones who have to raise the child. In short, it’s their body, therefore, they get to make the choice. Men do not get to control women. The day when men can get pregnant is the day when they can make such decisions. But as Florynce Kennedy and Gloria Steinem both stated in 1971, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”

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