tv U.S. Senate Sens. Duckworth Cornyn Durbin on Abortion CSPAN May 11, 2022 12:14am-12:52am EDT
run, securing weights extension but sooner or later the truth comes out. without the actions they've taken for years, reproductive rights wouldn't be staring straight into a doomsday scenario. tomorrow vote to protect abortion rights, shine like a floodlight on every member of the chamber, republicans to pretend to disingenuously as of this moment couldn't possibly happen, we will have to answer to the women of america whose rights are about turned back by decades. tomorrow, no more distracting, no more obfuscating for every member in this chamber. senate republicans will face a choice. either go to protect the rights of women to exercise freedom over their own bodies or stand with the supreme court, 50 years
of women's rights reduced to rubble for our very eyes. the vote tomorrow will tell. >> president, my older daughter abigail, abigail adams who urged her husband to remember the ladies, is seven. she's generous, silly and so smart. she called herself a maker kid and dreams of being an engineer or army nurse but definitely not a helicopter pilot. my younger daughter maggie just turned four, her laugh is contagious and early on during the pandemic when i was mostly working from home, she proved she was truly her mother started by starting to pull pranks including grabbing my phone and oops, hanging up on whoever was on the line when trying to conduct the zoom meeting or review legislation instead of playing with her but abigail and miley not be here today if it weren't for the basic
reproductive rights americans have relied on for nearly 50 years. when rope was decided in 1973, it changed the lives of so many women, save the lives of 14 -year-olds who are the victims of rape or incest who otherwise would have had to turn to back alleys and back rooms. it changed the lives of women who desperately wanted to be moms but found out that pregnancies were viable, they have to go through pain and suffering of trauma of full-term only two still born at the end of nine months.or i never would have had my creative silly drive me crazy love them infinitely to dollars if her row hadn't paved the way for women to make their own health care decisions as i was only able to get pregnant through ivf. fertility process row lays the foundation for. because of ivf, i got to experience all the joys of motherhood because reproductive rights my husband and i are just to meet and brian, we are mommy
and daddy. because of row in the rights and laws it protects, we are a family. yet last week we learned the supreme court could be weeks away from overturning roe v. wade planned parenthood. a decision is made final, would strip away reproductive rights for millions of women forcing them to potentially live through hearts and dignity for grandmothers or if they needed reproductive care. this would just be the start, while the antichoice movement has been working for years, decades to get to this, overturning roe is not there and goal. they want a national ban on abortion, something republican senate leader said the possibility lastey week, they wt to undermine access to contraception state legislation has already been introduced would make. ivf a crime.
one woman wasng convicted of manslaughter for having a m miscarriage. a miscarriage. criminalized for having a miscarriage. i've had a miscarriage and there are no words to describe what'd others feel in that moment. for me, i was overcome with the rawest most painful emotion i've ever experienced. in that moment losing my baby felt more steering than anything i'd ever felt in my entire life. yet if the gop had its way, women may now have to live in fear that worst moment of their life may also send them to prison. if extremists get what they are seeking, doctors who perform procedures such as dilation to help reading families who lost their pregnancy might be at risk of going to jail, too. doctors like the one who after my own miscarriage conducted the dnc to carry out my uterus that allowed me to immediately
continue my dream of having a baby you ivf i desperately wished for a second child, my beautiful rainbow baby, miley. let's be l honest, what's happening is not about protecting life, since antichoice movement truly wanting to protect life, they chop stop trying to strip away healthcare, putting all of their effort into addressing the growing maternal mortality crisis that has taken a tragic number of black mothers lives, they push for desperately needed policies that support parents like affordable childcare and rpaid parental leave. if wilkins actually cared about being pro life, they do something, anything to stand up for the national rifle association but no, it's not about saving lives. this isn't about looking out for families, it's getting a slap on the back from the base and observing more control over women's bodies. it deepening divide between the haves and have-nots.
it's making it even harder to undo centuries of harm unleashed by systemic racism and economic injustice. systems under which women ofr color have suffered the most. i know a lot of us are tired from seemingly endless fight to protect our most basic human rights but we can do more, we have to do more. we must. congress has the power, we have the ability to vote tomorrow to pass women's health v protection act which would codify roe v. wade once and for all because let me be clear, women seeking care should not be ashamed. the people who should feel shame those forcing the woman to unnecessary pain and suffering. people wholi should feel shame e those who claim to be pro life yet with that mother died in childbirth unviable pregnancy who refused to expand medicaid, who believes guns should be
easier to get basic healthcare and possible confined. these are the people who should be shamed. these are the people who have no shame. i'd be damned if i let my daughters grow up in a country that gives fewer rights than their mom had. hearing today, fighting for tomorrow doesn't look like yesterday because those of us with uterus is treated as second-class citizens. l i didn't go to work for this nation nearly losing my life ant trying in the constitution protected only to come back home and have the same rights strip away from next generation of girls who simply want to be able to follow their own dreams like i did mine. it comes down to this to me. women should be allowed to make their healthcare decisions without mitch mcconnell's voice corporate, face haunting them at their ob/gyn appointment so shame on those who want to take
us back to the back alleys, shame on those who don't regular guns but regulate uterus is. i will fight with everything i've got to keep us out of the back alleys because it's the least the woman who came before us and fought for the rights. is the least of our own daughter's needs, enough with hypocrisy, enough with misogyny, enough some men in d.c. arguing they know better than women in illinois or arizona and missouri, we can and must do better. that means providing, proving we care about women every day of the year, not just one sunday in may. it means codify roe now. let's vote in. >> senator from texas. >> over the last several days, the radicalas left has taken debate about abortion, to
dangerous ends. last week a liberal group launched intimidation campaign against six memberse of the supreme court posting a map online with their home addresses and encouraged protesters tost take the complaints straight to the justices doorsteps. no surprise, swarms of protesters heated that call, they showed up at the justices homes this weekend even though the plan was in the works for several days, the white house remains silent and refused to condemn this clear-cut example of docking. it wasn't until yesterday morning once the weekend protest concluded the white house press secretary said the justices should be able to do their jobs without fearing for their personal safety or the safety of their families and wasn't the
only alarming update from the weekend. pro-life group in wisconsin vandalized and set on fire sunday morning. a person or persons responsible smashed windows and attempted to use a molotov cocktail. they left graffiti on the exterior wall of the building that read if abortions aren't safe, then you aren't either. n threats of violence are never acceptable, doesn't matter who's making the threat or on the receiving end. there is a world of difference between legitimate public discoursend protected under the first amendment to the united states constitution and threats or acts of violence or not. every single piece and in this chamber, especially democratic colleagues should affirm any demonstrations about this heated issue cannot threaten the safety of anyone supreme court
justices, pro-life advocates or otherwise. this past weekend's events have highlighted the need to better protect justices and their families, they deserve the protection at this moment supreme court police are not able to provide. last week senator kunz, the senator from delaware and i introduced a bill to increase production for all nine justices and their families. this basically would be the same sort of authority given to capitol police in protecting members of congress. the events of this weekend underscored how important it is, this legislation was at the request of the chief justice who wants to ensure members of the court and their families have the security and protection they need especially at this tense
time when justices were facing enhanced threats. we currently have two justices with school age children and in the coming months that will increase to three once judge jackson takes her place on the supreme court bench. i'm glad the bill passed the isenate last night and i hope r colleagues in the house will take it up and pass it in the coming days. this week the issue at the w center of this will be a topic of debate here in the united states senate. democratic leader promised the senate will vote on radical abortion bill that goes far beyond codifying roe v. wade. this radical pro- abortion bill senator schumer set for a vote on tomorrow allows for abortions at any time during a woman's pregnancy. up until the time of delivery.
it does this prohibiting states from protecting unborn child life as long as one healthcare provider signed off a pregnancy would pose a risk to the woman's physical or mental health. it isn't hard to see is a blank check for abortion providers. you may remember doctor because now was a physician in philadelphia,a, pennsylvania. something called the women's medical society clinic dubbed a house of horrors during his subsequent trial. he was prolific prescriber of oxycontin and in 2011, doctor in his wife and eight employees were charged with a total of 32
felonies and 227 misdemeanors in connection with deaths, illegal medical services and regulatory violations at his abortion clinic. employees pleaded guilty to various charges in 2011 while doctor pleaded not guilty and sought a jury trial. after the trial, he was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants, involuntary manslaughter, an adult patient at the clinic following an abortion procedure. he was also convicted of 21 felony counts of illegal rate late term abortions and 2011 counts of violating pennsylvania's 24 hour informed consent law. after his conviction, he waived his right to appeal in exchange for an agreement from
prosecutors not to seek the death penalty. he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. not only does the radical abortion bill senator schumer taken up a vote on tomorrow, he served the constitutional role deserve to the state, it would allow the child born after 21 weeks from gestation to be aborted. next month a baby born at 21 weeks and two days will celebrate his second birthday but this extreme legislation would invalidate all state laws that limit abortions w after 20 weeks of gestation. this wouldn't just impact pro life red states, this is so radical it would invalidate
existing laws in blue4 states as well. massachusetts and nevada for example, abortions are restricted after 24 weeks. into california, washington and illinois abortions are restricted after viability. this legislation were to become law, the loss would be preempted under the supremacy clause of the federal constitution.ti this radical lurch knee-jerk reaction for a draft opinion illegally leaked by somebody ati the supreme court. ... illegal in the second trimester. opposition to third trimester abortion is even stronger. an overwhelming 80% of americans are opposed to late third
this is the type of practice that sadly became common in china during the era of the one child policy is nots something that should happen in america. it undermines state efforts with babies with disabilities like down syndrome unbornld children being killed at the devastated problem in other countries. we cannot allow such grotesque practices to become mainstream here in america. america is better than that. this bill that the majority leader has teed up would invalidate conscious laws which protect healthcare providers with the deeply held objections to abortion. to allow individual healthcare providers this law that we are
voting on tomorrow would wipe away all the existing state laws any healthcare provider that has a deeply held religious or moral objection would be required by federal law to provide them anyway. any healthcare provider refusing to do so could find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit. this radical pro- abortion legislation is a range of commonsense protections that exist in states across the country it does away with state laws that limit performance of abortion to licensed physicians meaning nonphysicians could perform and prescribe abortions and provides no protection for babies who survive a botched abortion. it invalidates informed consent such as whether the
child is capable of feeling pain and the attorney general sweeping authority to block state laws protecting the right to life. this legislation would overturn existing lot allowing abortion on the scale the country is never seen before it is a sad commentary that conscious of america when all but a handful of our democratic colleagues are fighting to implement the radical policies and as it stands today the united states and other countries on that list include the people's republic of china ruled by the chinese communist party in north korea. there should be a massive red
flag for our colleagues across the aisle that our compassion for the unborn ranks right up there at the people's republic of china and north korea but they don't see the end parent of lost innocent lives the extent to which the democratic party continues to have suchas radical policies never ceases to amaze me. as shocking as this legislation is it's not entirely new it failed to pass the senate once this year could not earn the support of all 50 democratic senators failed on a 46 / 48 line vote. democrats have not made any changes moving the needle in their direction. i simply do not agree the american people want abortion
laws in our country to put us on par with the chineset communist party and north korea. two of the world's most agreed aggressive human rights abusers. america cannot be it's best if we do not value the lives of our most vulnerable. i believe babies, fellow human beings with heartbeats, fingerprints just like the rest of us deserve protection under the law and under state law if roe vs wade were overturn to be the arbiter of what the laws would be in those individual states. the declaration of independence itself guarantees the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and i believe that extends to the unborn just as it does to every other american. i have always believed in
defending the right of the unborn to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness and i the will continue to fight this bill matter how many times the majority leader brings it to the floor. >> . >> mr. president. that one bold move the ultraconservative activist majority on the supreme court is poised to raise the constitutional right to choose
and i want to be clear but the majority draft opinion it is an unprecedented breach of the deliberations as well as the public's trust still one must wonder why is it that the republican colleagues haveex been focused rather than the substance itself and why in the last few days do we continue in reference to the security of the supreme court justices? the real discussion of where it is never acceptable
violence is never acceptable against the supreme court justices and the families of those associate with that branch of government and on january 262021 and then to come in the house of representatives and then to escape them that was balance that led to five deaths and the assault of 150 members of law enforcement. and help my friends on the other side of the aisle have a bipartisan commission that was a supreme court justice member of the house and senate none of those are acceptable. period. unequivocal. i am in favor protecting the
justices, of course. i'm party to efforts of my home state of illinois. with a tragic incident over ten years ago when a disgruntled client and that killing a federal judges mother and husband. in their home. since and i've called for more security and i'm glad you had at my name to this effort now to provide security to this u court and all members of their families and staff involved. it is unacceptable. violence in this building or across the street is unacceptable. from that statement from the senator of texas i case where a doctor in philadelphia was convicted of infanticide
repeated cases. and he still spends his time at with life in prison with no chance of parole. nor should he ever. i struggle to get the connection between light on —- between the crime of infanticide and the debate we're having there is no bill from the democrats that will change the basic finding in the case in pennsylvania. that doctor removing from his profession now serving time and now this billhe will not change that reality at all. of that was the inference but that's how i took it. and that will be removed by the supreme court. and amateur historian i cannot
think of another time when a constitutionally guaranteed right by the supreme court opinion of over 50 years has been removed by the court but that is what we face now. all the rights of americans to make decisions about their health and their lives. sadly many republicans are desperately trying to deflect from this ruling and what it means for every single american. if the legal reasoning in the courts draft opinion becomes i final that decision with the guarantee of right to abortion is protected by the constitution. americans know overturning roe vs wade will eliminate access to women's healthcare is extremely unpopular. and only 20 percent of americans say they agree.
not only entitled to the services it is possible some will be prosecuted. over the past week the same officials introducing legislation designed to punish women for making basic decisions of reproductive health. state legislators in louisiana introduced a bill to allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against a woman or anyone who provides an abortion. it would seemingly calling to question the legality of in vitro fertilization as long as iud, the morning after pill or emergency contraception. but it was on the floor because my colleague talked about her two little girls.
ori remember the kids from the earliest time i was in the car driving in the state of illinois. the phone rang and it was tammy duckworth she was my colleague in the senate and as a member of the house and told me she was going to have a baby. i cannot believe it. we have known one another since a few weeks after her terrible crash in iraq. i knew what she had gone through with surgeries and recovery and i encouraged her to run for office and am glad i did. she is the voice of the military of veterans and one of the most powerful voices in the united states senate. when she told the story of those two little girls born through the process of in vitro fertilization and i am
fortunate as a grandfather to have to in vitro babies on —- grandbabies i'm glad there was science to help my daughter deliver those beautiful kids. republican lawmaker and idaho said he is open to banning certain forms of birth control if this decision goes forward in the supreme court. with emergency contraception and iud. state-by-state, legislator by legislator will decide what is acceptable when it comes to contraception. people say you are exaggerating. before griswold the regulation of contraception in those days when it was illegal to buy a condom.atnt
it wasn't tall griswold versus connecticut to establish a right to privacy under the w constitution which led to roe vs wade it was in america which many lawmakers longed for a lawmaker and missouri deputize his bounty hunters to sue anyone seeking an abortion outside the state of missouri. want to remind my colleague from texas that said the taxeses bounty hunter law they decided there would be a civil penalty to be charged against those engaged in abortion t and the person can claim the penalty if they disclose that to the public. just a few days ago a republican leader senator mcconnell set a national ban could be possible, a national ban if roe vs wade is
overturned and republicans take control the senate. leaving it up to each state to decide woman's reproductive rights as a patchwork quilt is constitutional rights depend on your zip code but that is exactly the future we are facing to make sure they continue to protect access to n abortion unless republicans in congress so in the absence of a national ban if we can afford to travel you can access reproductive care in states like illinois and connecticut. if the right to have an abortion depends on where you live or how much money you make millions of women from historically marginalized communities will facegi greater hurdles america already has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the
developed world drastically restricting access to abortion or banning it all together republicans and antichoice activists try to minimize the impact talking about other times the supreme court overturned precedent and argue disingenuously this is how the court has always worked correcting its own past mistakes overturning roe v wade is no different than plessy versus ferguson with separate but equal later overturned by brown versus board of education. but there is a profound difference it appears that never before in the history of america has a supreme court decision abandoned law that made americans less free. never and taking the serious step to overturn a law it has done so to expand freedom and
opportunity now to eliminate but the activists of the antitrust majority is unprecedented radical and dangerous. here's another fact republican lawmakers hope you don't notice is not just the right to abortion the draft opinion questions the very existence iand the right to privacy and enumerated rights explicitly mentioned in the constitution must be deeply rooted in us history to be recognized as a constitutional right. who decides what is deeply rooted in history and tradition? the court decision establishes marriage equality only seven years ago with the courts reactionary majority next on the chopping block what about the right to contraception established by griswold 11
years before roe vs wade a republican recently criticized that decision establishing the privacy right to choose contraception's and describing this as constitutionally unsound. rather than settling the debate on o abortion it would further divide the fractious nation to set the stage for a radical majority on the court to raise even more ctconstitutional rights and then to dictate your future. that's why we must take action to protect protect women's reproductive rights. this bill will codify the right to obtain and abortion free from medically unnecessary restrictions the american people deserve to know where the senator stands
these rates have been established for over 50 years republicans claim the party of family and the party of familypu values even those of dangerous pregnancies to term but they cannot help them raise the children they made it clear when it comes to helping f families with basics such as tax credits for children making sure the families have paid medical leave for their newborns or family members, all of these are family-friendly and family values they are not supported by many that would be a demonstration mr. president i yield the floor. >> i rise tod