U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono exploited Mother’s Day to advocate for the largest abortion chain in America this week by falsely calling it the “nation’s largest maternal health provider.”
Planned Parenthood does not provide maternal health care, it primarily does abortions – killing unborn babies inside their mother’s wombs.
But Hirono, a pro-abortion Democrat from Hawaii, insisted that the abortion chain is a “necessary,” life-saving organization that helps mothers in need.
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire touted abortions as well in their Mother’s Day speeches on the Senate floor this week, both sounding more like ads for Planned Parenthood than actual tributes to mothers.
Ugh. These U.S. senators just invoked #MothersDay in their speeches in support of late-term abortion. Are they completely blind to the tragic irony of their comments??
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) May 10, 2019
In her speech, Hirono repeatedly slammed President Donald Trump and his “radical, right-wing assaults” on women’s rights, meaning abortion. She criticized Republicans for working to defund Planned Parenthood and protect unborn babies from late-term abortions and infanticide.
“What is the motivation for taking away health care services for millions of women in this country? It’s not clear why they are doing this,” Hirono said.
She defended Planned Parenthood as “the nation’s largest maternal health provider who has saved countless thousands of lives.”
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This is outright false. Planned Parenthood does not provide maternity care, and almost none of its facilities provide prenatal care. Its main pregnancy “service” is abortion, and it did more than 332,000 last year, according to its own annual report.
Hirono referred to abortions as “health care” interchangeably throughout her speech, even defending late-term abortions all the way up to birth.
She brought up the story of woman who aborted her unborn daughter at 35 weeks of pregnancy — even mentioning the name of the woman’s unborn baby in a way that recognized that she was a valuable human being.
“What could be more intrusive than the government telling women what they can do with their own bodies?” Hirono asked, not long afterward, ignoring her own admission about the woman’s daughter.
Murray’s speech was not much different. She argued that “moms deserve” Planned Parenthood.
As an advocate for abortion rights for decades, I fear that women in this country will soon wake up and realize they no longer have control over their own bodies. We must continue to raise our voices and fight back against @realDonaldTrump and Republicans’ harmful policies. pic.twitter.com/y71oAYxIYp
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) May 8, 2019
“Unfortunately, instead of looking for ways to support women, President Trump has been pushing an ideological agenda that undermines their health, reproductive rights and freedoms and economic security,” Murray said in her Mother’s Day speech.
She blasted Trump for trying to chip away at Planned Parenthood’s funding through the Title X program. Trump’s new “Protect Life” rule requires Title X recipients to completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services, such as birth control and cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood has refused to do so.
“We should be supporting providers that help women … get the care they need, not burdening them with restrictions designed to force out Planned Parenthood or gag clauses that prevent providers from even discussing a patient’s right to a safe, legal abortion,” Murray said. “Moms deserve better.”
Speaking on the Senate floor to share stories of moms in my state who have been hurt by the GOP ideological agenda. #MothersDeserveBetter when it comes to their health, repro rights, & economic security. I’ll fight for them every day in Congress. https://t.co/bek3AuIuhj
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) May 8, 2019
Shaheen echoed the same talking points in her speech, arguing that “mothers deserve better.” She denounced pro-life leaders “dangerous, senseless and partisan efforts to strip women’s access to maternity care and reproductive health care.”