Bill would let states block some Planned Parenthood money

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On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill empowering states to halt hundreds of millions in Title X federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions.

But on Thursday, the U.S. Senate corrected that action on a 51-50 vote. Along with being the tiebreaking vote, this was after two women Republicans, Alaska Senator, Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Senator, Susan Collins, defected and voted against the measure.

However, Planned Parenthood and other clinics already can not receive federal money for abortions.

Some Republican-led state governments had been moving in recent years to choke off Title X funds from any clinics that offered abortion service.

In a letter to House members urging them to vote for H.J. Res. 43, National Right to Life wrote: "Long-standing objections to the massive governmental funding of PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) have been reinforced by widely publicized undercover videos, which illuminate the callous brutality that occurs daily in these abortion mills".

"We're talking about federal family planning funds and I don't think that those funds should be subjected to state restrictions", Collins told Politico.

Democrats condemned the measure throughout the day, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY calling it "another example of the Republican war on women". "They didn't listen to women across the country who made it clear that restricting women's access to the full range of reproductive care is unacceptable".

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VP Pence has already had to cast a tie-breaking vote in Congress. Pence knows that. He's using this as a deterrent to Title X caregivers to stop providing abortion services.

Do they even realize the devastating affect their personal vendetta against Planned Parenthood would have on lower and middle-income people, especially women? President Trump (who's anti-Planned Parenthood) promised to defund the organization immediately after taking office. A vote on final passage is expected this afternoon. There are 52 Republicans in the Senate.

The bill will soon be sent to President Trump's desk, where he is all but guaranteed to sign it.

But I am sad to say I realize these measures will only go so far. "Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and this move by D.C. politicians would endanger their health care".

It derived from a proposed rule posted online by HHS last September that invoked Title X in arguing that entities like Planned Parenthood should be allowed to use taxpayer funds on "family planning projects".

"This legislation does not prevent Planned Parenthood or any other entity from receiving Title X funds", Ernst said immediately after the vote.