US Senate lets states defund 'abortion' clinics

The Senate passed a bill allowing states to withhold federal funds from health care clinics like Planned Parenthood, Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote Thursday. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with Democrats against repealing the regulation, requiring Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.

"States should be free to decide which organizations receive federal funding for family planning services". They have focused their ire mostly on Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that federal law now prohibits taxpayer funds from going toward financing abortions.

"It is unprecedented that we are here with the vice president breaking a tie vote on an attack on women's health across this country", Sen.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)-who sat on the Senate floor and waited for Pence to arrive-pledged that Democrats would spend Thursday afternoon speaking out against the GOP-effort. Pence, the Senate's president, then emerged to break the 50-50 tie.

Under federal law, taxpayer dollars can not fund most abortions.

Do they even realize the devastating affect their personal vendetta against Planned Parenthood would have on lower and middle-income people, especially women?

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In 2011, Politico profiled Pence's "one-man crusade" against Planned Parenthood. This was not a piece of legislation Obama signed, but rather an administrative rule he pushed through in the final weeks of his administration.

The measure, he said, "will disproportionately hurt people in rural and underserved areas where these clinics are more often than not their primary source of health care". The legislation had already cleared the House and will require President Donald Trump's signature to be turned into law, according to The Atlantic.

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said lawmakers were putting many poor American women at risk. Yesterday's Senate vote took place just one week after the Republican plan to modify Obamacare failed.

The vast majority of votes for the legislation were from men, who make up 80 percent of the 115th Congress. It's possible it could end up just like the proposed health care bill.

The measure, which is a priority for groups that oppose abortion, would give a thumbs-up to Tennessee and other conservative states to resume policies blocking Planned Parenthood clinics from getting federal funding through the Title X family planning program.

Meanwhile, Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill to reimburse Planned Parenthood for Medicaid services in case federal dollars are cut off, CBS Baltimore reports.

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