Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Majority of U.S. Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood, bill is blocked by filibuster

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 53-46 to defund Planned Parenthood and direct tax dollars which are currently funding America’s leading abortion provider to instead go to community health centers.  In the U.S. Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster. 

Both of Michigan's U.S. Senators, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters, voted against the bill.  

The vote, which failed 53-46, would have redirected the more than $500 million in taxpayer funding Planned Parenthood receives annually to community health centers as a way to allow women to continue to receive care. The vote comes in the wake of four videos released by anti-abortion activists depicting Planned Parenthood employees apparently discussing the sale of body parts of aborted fetuses, which is illegal......

Monday’s vote represented the first official attempt to move forward on the issue. Sens. Joni Ernst and Rand Paul led the crafting of the legislation, which only two Democrats, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, joined the vast majority of Republicans in voting for. Only Republican Sen. Mark Kirk voted against the bill, though McConnell switched his vote to “no” as a way to ensure he can bring the measure up again in the future.