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Frank Lautenberg (D) is the senior Senator from New Jersey, and at age 88 is also the oldest current senator.

Frank Lautenberg

“Women in this rich country have a right to expect affordable, quality health care. But those rights are under attack here. And the attack is coming from what I call the maleogarchy.

Several years ago, I initiated the name maleogarchy right here on the Senate floor. A maleogarchy is made up of men in Congress who always decide what they want to do for women, even taking away their rights.

These days the maleogarchy has declared war on women’s health. We saw it when the Republicans in the House tried to defund Planned Parenthood. Now we are seeing it again this week in the Republican efforts to take away affordable birth control, basic health care for women in our country.”