Senate Democrats Block Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats gathered enough support to block a Republican attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill, S.1881, garnered 53 votes in favor and 46 in opposition, falling short of the 60 votes needed for it to pass.

The entire thing was a waste of time, anyhow: President Obama has voiced his support for Planned Parenthood repeatedly, and it’s been widely speculated that he would have vetoed the bill anyway. Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have both alluded to the possibility that Republicans would be willing to shut down the government à la October 2013’s shutdown over defunding the Affordable Care Act, which wasn’t at all a wash for the Republicans, no sir (sarcasm – the ACA is alive and well). But we’ll see!

In the meantime, feel free to watch Elizabeth Warren’s completely on-point address to Congress in support of Planned Parenthood, in which she points out that S.1881 isn’t a pearl-clutching reaction to the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover and heavily-edited videos, but is rather one part of a long history of trying to defund women’s health care. The money the government gives to Planned Parenthood, she notes, goes to cancer screenings, PAP tests, and birth control – not a single solitary dime goes to Planned Parenthood’s abortion services. My personal favorite portion:

“I want to say to my Republican colleagues: It’s 2015, not 1955 and not 1895. Women have lived through a world where backward-looking ideologues like to interfere with the basic health decisions made by a woman and her doctor. And we are not going back. Not now, not ever.”




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