US senators battle over who can get pregnant — Analysis

All Democrats voted unanimously against an amendment to define pregnancy only as happening in biological women

US Senate Republicans were fighting a losing battle in trying to block passage of President Joe Biden’s $740 billion climate, tax and health care bill, but they tried to score some ideological points by introducing an amendment acknowledging that only biological women can get pregnant.

It turns out the GOP lost that fight, too, as every Senate Democrat voted in unison on Sunday to reject the provision limiting the federal government’s pregnancy programs to women. In the evenly divided Senate, the party line vote was split 50-50. Vice President Kamala Harris broke the tie and voted to reject the amendment. She refused to recognize pregnancy as biologically female.

“Federal funding should reflect reality: Only women can get pregnant,”Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, introduced the amendment. “Unfortunately, it looks like my Democrat colleagues don’t trust ‘the science’ after all.”

Rubio claimed that in 5,500 years human history, biological females have never been pregnant. “Therefore, the only thing I’m trying to do is make sure that federal law is clear that since every pregnancy that’s ever existed has been in a biological female that our federal laws reflect that and our pregnancy programs are available to the only people who are capable of getting pregnant.”

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Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) scolded Rubio for introducing his amendment on pregnancy-related programs when Democrats were trying to pass Biden’s so-called Inflation Reduction Act. “When we’re facing challenges in this country and helping our constituents to lower costs, it is outrageous that Republicans are trying to define pregnancy, of all things, on this floor on this day after hours of voting on amendments.”She stated, however, that Republicans are also being criticized. “forcing women to stay pregnant”Enacting “cruel and extreme”States may ban abortion.

Democrats have increasingly tried to use non-gendered language in government documents – such as “gestational parent”And “lactating individual”instead of “mother”And “menstruating person”Instead of “woman” – ostensibly to be inclusive of all gender identities.

Last month at a Senate hearing, Senator Josh HawleySenator (R-Missouri), confronted Khiara Bridges from California, a California law professor, about her usage of the phrase “people with the capacity for pregnancy.”Bridges was asked if that refers to women. She replied that both transgender and nonbinary men are capable of becoming pregnant. She added that Hawley’s line of questioning was “transphobic”resulting in violence against transgender individuals.

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Rubio’s proposal was one of several amendments that Republicans tried to tack on to Biden’s spending bill. Although all the amendments failed to pass they did force Democrats to vote against issues such as increasing funding for police, tightening border security and oil and natural gas exploration in federal lands. Rubio also proposed an amendment. amendmentThis would have required state prosecutors, backed by George Soros (billionaire politician), to place more criminals behind bars.

According to reports, Soros spent over $40 million in the last decade to elect 75. “progressive”The US has many district attorneys. Some of the reforms implemented by his candidates include letting more people out of prison without bail, refusing to enforce certain laws and seeking to reduce sentences for previously convicted criminals. Critics point to these reforms as the reason for rising violent crime such as in Los Angeles or Philadelphia. Soros himself admits he’s supporting prosecutors, but he denies any links between their decisions and rising crime rates.



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