Democratic Senator Declares “Call to Arms” to Fight for Abortion Access

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Hawaii Senator Maize Hirono (D) declared a “call to arms” on the Senate floor last week in remarks given in response to a bill proposed by a Republican colleague that would restrict abortion access after 15 weeks.

“When I hear my colleagues talking about how, you know, it should be states’ rights, or government should not be telling us what to do, the word ‘hypocrites,’ it doesn’t even go far enough to call them out on what they’re doing,” she declared after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) introduced the bill.

“This is an outright attack on women in this country. That is how I see it,” Hirono stated.

“Abortion is a contentious issue,” Graham said when proposing the bill. “Abortion is not banned in America. It is left up to elected officials in America to define the issue … States have the ability to do [so] at the state level and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak.”

The Democratic Party has been emphatically defending abortion access since this summer’s Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing states to restrict or outright ban abortion altogether.

Graham’s bill, the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act, would restrict abortion after 15 weeks on the basis of substantial medical evidence that unborn babies can feel pain. (Unborn babies are alive from the moment of conception, whether or not they can feel pain and thus entitled to the right to life at every stage of gestation, we would note.)

Hirono continued that “That is how more and more women and those who support our right to make decisions about our own bodies, that is how we see it.”

“And why? Because that’s what’s happening,” she concluded before finishing, “Madam president, I yield the floor, but clearly, you know, this is a — literally call to arms in our country, I yield the floor.”

This is unsettling language from a sitting senator when several attacks have been launched against pro-life organizations, churches, and pregnancy support centers that do not refer for abortion.

A radical, antifa-style pro-abortion group calling itself “Jane’s Revenge” has declared “open season” on such facilities, taking credit for a number of attacks that have caused expensive damage to centers that are privately funded and provide support, classes, and up to two years of diapers, clothing, and other resources for pregnant women and their babies, entirely free of charge.

To be fair, it is not clear if Hirono was speaking literally or figuratively, but it is particularly concerning when you consider she once famously refused to condemn antifa-style rioters, walking out of a Senate hearing her colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held to shed light on the unrest in 2020.

Other Congressional Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have also been criticized for strongly condemning laws protecting babies from abortion while remaining silent on the attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers.

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