(CNSNews.com) – In a House floor speech opposing the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said President Donald Trump is writing an “Apocalypse of Women” book to add to the Bible.
“President Trump once said his favorite book is the Bible,” Speier said in her floor speech. “I think he’s writing a new book for the Bible called the Apocalypse of women. It’s a reverse Genesis.
“In the beginning, he divided the country in half with right-wing dog whistles in his inaugural address,” Speier said. “On the second day, he ignored millions of people who marched across America and the world. On the third day, he pondered changes to NAFTA and which women’s rights to trade away. On the fourth day, he re-instated and expanded the Global Gag rule, risking women’s lives worldwide.”
Speier was referencing the Women’s March held in D.C. and across the country the day after the inauguration and the executive actions Trump has taken in the first days of his presidency.
“Today, he and his House mouthpieces are blocking access to domestic reproductive health coverage,” she concluded. “I shudder to think what will happen tomorrow, and I doubt on the seventh day it will be devoted to rest. We must fight this madness and oppose HR-7.”
“Please stop trying to regulate my reproductive organs,” Wilson said in her floor speech against the legislation, asking those gathered for the floor debate, “Have you ever had a menstrual period?
“Madam Speaker, it's my body. It doesn't belong to this House,” Wilson emphasized. “I alone bear the burden, pain, and joy that it brings. Please stop trying to regulate my reproductive organs. They belong to me. Have you ever had a menstrual period? Have you ever felt the unbearable pain in every bone of your body during childbirth?”
The bill passed the House 238 to 183 later that evening. It heads to the Senate with support from the Trump White House and would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which is currently renewed annually and forbids taxpayer funds being used for abortions through Medicaid.
Wilson claimed Republicans were “greasing the pipeline with unwanted children” through legislation like this.
“There are millions of mothers living in inadequate public housing and trailer parks, raising their children alone, and we are here to consider anti-choice bills that restrict access to women's care,” Wilson said. “If the Republican House passes HR-7, will it support universal pre-care and Headstart? Will this House reform foster care and stop greasing the pipeline with unwanted children?”
A Marist poll conducted in December found that 83 percent of Americans “oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions” both abroad (83%) and in the U.S. (61%).
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) cited that statistic in her floor speech in favor of the legislation, saying, “the American people support this policy with six in 10 surveyed saying that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortions, and these are both pro-life and pro-choice, so today, Madam Speaker, I’m asking my colleagues across the aisle to honor the will of their constituents.”
“The right to choose,” Black said, “we hear our friends across the aisle use the phrase a lot, but what about the other right to choose? The right of the taxpayer to choose not to pay for a practice that violates everything that they believe.”
Black said the level of opposition to the bill “speaks to the depth of the entanglement with the big abortion industry that exists in some corners of this chamber.”
MRC Culture noted in November 2015 that, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, for the election cycles from 1998 through 2016, Speier received $4,000 in donations from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
In the 2016 election cycle, the Center for Responsive Politics noted that Wilson received $1,500 from Planned Parenthood and Speier received $2,500 dollars.