Did you ever see the beginning of “Saving Private Ryan“?
Cory Booker and those who fight against the proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood apparently know just how those soldiers must have felt.
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats held a “People’s Filibuster” against the GOP’s proposed repeal of ObamaCare, livestreaming the event on Facebook.
The rally included representatives from Planned Parenthood, the Center for American Progress, the American Federation of Teachers as well as elected officials like Senators Chris Van Hollen, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley.
At one point during the protest, Cory Booker told supporters of Planned Parenthood that their fight to keep federal funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider was just as brave and historically important as the efforts of the men who stormed the beach at Normandy in World War II en route to defeating the Nazis, not to mention some of America’s greatest civil right’s activists who suffered unthinkable hardships.
“We may not be called to storm the beach in Normandy, that was not our time,” Booker said. “We may not be called to stand with Sojourner Truth and utter those words, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ We may not be called to stand in the slums with the Irish immigrants who fought for labor rights that we now take for granted. We may not be called to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis and other activists, facing tear gas and billy clubs.”
“Those were not our day,” he continued. “But today is our day. History is now calling upon us to stand in this moral moment and tell this nation, ‘We have come a mighty long way but we have a mighty long way to go.'”
Finally, Booker said something that pro-life advocates for the defunding of Planned Parenthood might agree with even more than the pro-choice protesters:
“This is our generations great moral moment”, he declared.
[watch above via Facebook]
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