A Republican senator responded directly to Sen. Barbara Boxer Monday after the California liberal said during debate over Planned Parenthood that she didn't appreciate "lectures by men" on the matter.
"I gave birth to two premature kids and I just don't like lectures by men about what it's like. And thank God they made it. I'm pro-choice and I just have to say using pregnancy as a political football doesn't sit well with the people I represent and the people of this country," Boxer told Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), after the Republican senator yielded the floor to her to speak.
"Keep Uncle Sam out of my private life!" she added.
After Boxer's statement, Lankford responded.
[sharequote align="right"]"This is not just a women's issue. This is a men's issue as well."[/sharequote]
"Just to make a couple comments, I am a dad of two daughters. I had something to do with their birth as well. I was there during the sonograms. My wife and I are extremely close," he said. "And to be a dad of two daughters, I am very passionate not only about my own wife, but about my mom. ... I'm passionate about my daughters having every single opportunity."
"So this is important to us as well. This is not just a women's issue. This is a men's issue as well. Because this is a family issue. And the family is extremely important to all of us," he said.
Lankford's spokesman D.J. Jordan told TheBlaze that the Oklahoma senator values "respectful dialogue about the miracle of human life."
"Senator Lankford values the ability to have a civil debate about the millions of taxpayer dollars funding Planned Parenthood, and he looks forward to continuing this important discussion," Jordan said.
The exchange of words took place Monday before the Senate blocked a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, but started to attract attention Tuesday morning when liberal groups started to use Lankford's comments to target him.
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