Senate Narrowly Passes Measure To Roll Back Planned Parenthood Grants

03 April 2017, 02:44 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Imagine if he had reversed his wording from a "major setback tonight for Planned Parenthood" to say a "major advancement tonight for the pro-life movement". "Title X" refers to the federal family planning program, established in that section of the 1970 Public Health Service Act. The Obama administration's regulation was created to outlaw this practice.

"The president is expected to sign it", she concluded.

What does this GOP bill do? They also provide access to contraception, fertility and pregnancy care, and cervical cancer screenings, just to name a few services.

We must rise above politics and preserve access to Planned Parenthood health centers.

How did the funding work exactly? . Using those funds for abortion services is already illegal under federal law.

Planned Parenthood and other healthcare clinics do not receive federal money for abortion services.

How can this pass without 60 votes in the Senate? The four USA representatives from Arkansas, all Republicans, had all voted in February to reject the Department of Health and Human Services rule.

As Republicans waited for Isakson to arrive, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office sent a note to reporters with the subject line: "What's going on with this Senate vote?"

How did the vote go down? The party has a 52-48 majority in the Senate. The vote had been held open for a full hour so Isakson, who had just landed at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Atlanta, could make it. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, in a recent Washington Times op-ed explaining their legislation. While courts have not allowed states to withhold Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, they've generally allowed states to redirect family planning dollars to other health providers.

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"I would urge my Republican friends, particularly those in rural states where this could really hurt, please think about it", the New York Democrat said.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the measure a "shameful, unsafe resolution". "NYC will continue to be a champion women and their rights". "I am furious about what attacks like this mean for our daughters and granddaughters".

The 72-year-old Georgia Republican, who also is slowed by Parkinson's disease, came off a Capitol elevator in a wheelchair with Vice President Mike Pence at his side around 11:30 a.m. ET and headed to the floor where the two cast votes on the measure. "People are sick and exhausted of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and they will not stand for it".

How is Planned Parenthood reacting?

"The proposed rule will further Title X's objective by protecting access of intended beneficiaries to Title X service providers that offer a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services".

"Taking resources away from these providers, which this resolution would do, would be cruel and it would have a greatest impact on women and families who need it the most", Sen.

The war on Planned Parenthood continues. In 2011, IN slashed funding for Planned Parenthood, shutting down many rural clinics.

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