U.S. Senate Fails to Obtain Sufficient Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

CongressWASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to obtain sufficient votes to the defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood on Thursday, rejecting a bill that would help keep the government open because it contained the defunding provision.

Senators voted 52-47 this afternoon against the bill, which would have reallocated one year’s worth of funding—$235 million dollars—bookmarked for Planned Parenthood to women’s health organizations that don’t perform abortions. 60 votes were needed for the legislation’s passage.

According to reports, eight Republicans joined 42 Democrats and two independents in blocking the bill.

“Here we stand, days before government funding expires, wasting time on publicity stunts,” remarked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The White House had threatened a veto before the vote was taken, asserting that the move would have adverse effects on women’s health.

“By eliminating federal funding for a major provider of health care, the Senate amendment … would limit access to health care for women, men, and families across the nation, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals,” it said.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed disgust over Democratic efforts to block the spending bill over of the Planned Parenthood portion of the legislation.

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“I know Democrats have relied on Planned Parenthood as a political ally, but they must be moved by the horrifying images we’ve seen,” McConnell said. “Can they not resolve to protect women’s health instead of powerful political friends?”

As previously reported, the U.S. House of Representatives had voted last Friday to defund the abortion giant, as H.R. 3134, the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,” was passed 241-187—mainly across party lines.

While the Senate rejected the effort today, reports state that the fight is not over.

“The only way to actually defund Planned Parenthood is to include it on must-pass legislation like the continuing resolution,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said. “It’s the reason why Republican leadership wants a show vote. They know they’ll lose instead of actually using their constitutional authority.”

He threatened to hold a Saturday session to block the passage of any funding legislation that allows Planned Parenthood to continue to receive government funds.

“It ought to be a simple matter for Republican leadership to stand for something,” Cruz stated, “and say at a minimum we’re not going to send taxpayer money to a private organization that is under ongoing criminal investigation.”

As previously reported, Planned Parenthood’s annual report released in January of this year showed that it performed 327,653 abortions nationwide during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, up from 327,166 the year prior. The figure equates to 174 abortions for every adoption referral. No post-natal care is provided for women who keep their children.

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  • bowie1

    It seems some senators don’t value life as much.

  • TheBBP

    No matter how much we would like to believe otherwise, it literally was just political grandstanding in election season. It’s the same reason why liberals submit bills that are so filled with garbage that there is no way that anyone would pass it, but they will call it “Equal Pay for Women!” so that they can do their partisan vote and show up in election season and claim that Republicans voted against equal pay for women.

    • Annemarie Olson

      Jesus knows all, and that is one thing they cannot get away from.

  • Rick Vandiver

    I would almost bet we can guess what rinos went with the dems !!

  • Josey

    what a crock! The millions of babies that were murdered and still being murdered and hacked up to the highest bidder in the name of science are not forgotten by Almighty God and judgement is coming to the unrepentant soon enough, there’s not enough soap in the world to wash the blood off their hands. I am glad that at least there are a few waking up to the truth and are repenting for the blood of Jesus is the only way one can be made clean and no matter what one has done wrong they were involved in concerning abortion. Christ’s blood is powerful enough to make a person white as snow, the only sin that can’t be forgiven is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which is explained in Mark 3:28-30 28Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: 30Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. For those religious leaders accused Jesus of casting out devils by being possessed by the devil himself in which Jesus had previously explained that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, satan would never cast himself out and only by the Spirit of God did Jesus heal the sick and cast out demons.

    • Annemarie Olson

      Jesus spoke to the unknowing back then, there were no Bibles etc. These people keep doing the things they know in there hearts are wrong. I am afraid of what will happen to this Country in the near future. I pray they all open their eyes before it is too late. God Bless

      • bowie1

        There would have been scrolls in the temple of what we now call the Old Testament. But good advice otherwise.

  • xxx

    This generation, the worst generation in the history of mankind to permit the holocaust of the unborn. It is a blood-thirsty savage who would permit these murders.

  • They must be moved by the horrifying images we’ve seen? No, they must be unmoved by the horrifying images we’ve seen. Imagine electing people who are unmoved by cutting up live babies. Innocent blood on the floor is fine, because the voters say so.

    • James

      Martin, continue to be adamently strong in your stance against this hideous horror! We are gaining ground and if we can get Mike Huckabee in office, I believe we shall see an end to this nightmare!

  • afchief

    Democrats have sold their souls to the devil. Our time is short

    • Josey

      I don’t think there are party lines any longer. You either serve Jesus Christ or satan. And time as we know it is short, the devil knows his time is short, judgement awaits him and those who serve him.

    • James

      No! We The People Must Rise Up And Speak Our Voice! We will not use our tax paying dollars to fund an organization that has proven itself to have no morals! Jeffrey Dahmer went to prison! People must be held accountable for the atrocities that have and continue to take place here on U.S. soil! Exempt my tax dollars from any and every abortion sponsored killing field! 60,000,000 innocent lives butchered! Remember, the survivors of this holocaust are now old enough to start deciding your future! Hopefully they will be more merciful on you than you have been to their siblings! Yes, vote and say it’s OK to keep killing babies! Yes, choose wisely for judgement is knocking on your door!