TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer

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You know, I have to say I was really shocked that those are powerful issues in 2012. I would like to think those things are settled. But they were forced forward as issues by people who thought that women should not have that kind of access. And boy, if that's the case, then we better stand up and we better speak out--

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SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: But-- but if Congress was 51% women you can bet your bottom dollar we would not be debating contraception--

VOICES: Exactly. Exactly right.

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: --(UNINTEL) the urgency of our communities dictate a debate about the economy and about everything else. And that's why it matters to have women's voices in Congress I believe.

SENATOR PATTY MURRAY: I think that's the frustration that many women in the country have, it's certainly one that I think a lot of us have. We think we should be talking about transportation infrastructure or economic development or how to solve the budget deficit. And we keep facing these amendments on abortion, it's like can't you just leave that alone--

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER: Always brought by men.

FEMALE VOICE: --I think that's what Susan is--

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SENATOR BARBARA BOXER: Always-- always brought by men, Diane. I-- I-- I've been fighting this battle for so many years, I don't even want to say how many 'cause-- I-- it's been a long time. And every time it's men who come down to the floor to dictate to women, you know, what health care means to us and to interfere with those decisions. And I couldn't agree more with-- with Sue Collins, I think she's absolutely right on this point. And Elizabeth's right too.

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