The women of the Senate Democratic caucus took to the Senate floor yesterday to rise in defense of reproductive rights, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) lined up a square shot at the guy everyone has been ridiculing for the past few days: Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).
GILLIBRAND: For my friends and colleagues, this is a factual statement. Current law already prevents federal money from paying for abortions. This has been the law of the land for over 30 years. Shutting down the government for a political argument is not only outrageous, it is irresponsible. The price for keeping the government open is this assault on women's rights.
Gillibrand then went on to describe at length the numerous inequities women face in obtaining health care coverage. Watch the whole thing here:
To remind you what Gillibrand's "this is a factual statement" remark refers to, last week, Jon Kyl went on the Senate floor himself to claim that "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" was provide abortions. The correct figure is actually closer to three percent.
Kyl then attempted to walk this back, telling CNN that his remark "was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions."
As the Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac pointed out, "What we just saw with Senator Kyl was a deft execution of a political maneuver known as 'lying.'"
UPDATE: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is also having a good time at Kyl's expense, using the "#ISIntendedToBeAFactualStatement" hashtag on Twitter.
Gillibrand Jabs Kyl With A 'Factual Statement' [PolitickerNY @ New York Observer]
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