Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted on legislation that would allow states to withhold federal funds from abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood, rolling back a rule from Barack Obama's presidency that banned states from doing just that.
The Republican legislation narrowly made it through Thursday on a narrow 51 to 50 vote, with the help of Sen.
"I want Senate Republicans who are about to take this vote, and Vice President Pence, to be very clear on what they are about to do", said Sen.
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Senate approval was planned later Thursday and would send the measure to President Trump, who was expected to sign it.
While federal law prohibits government funding for abortion, it does allow certain public dollars, like the Title X grants, to support abortion providers if the funds are directed to non-abortion related health services. The portion of Title X that Pence targeted - a regulation installed during Obama's presidency - was created to ensure that healthcare providers could still receive funding even if they provide abortions.
The women's health organization dodged a bullet last week when a House bill repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act and blocking Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding was pulled amid a rebellion of conservative and moderate Republicans.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the measure a "shameful, risky resolution".
The vote was on a measure that was meant to ensure that federal money would continue to go to various clinics that give low-income women health services, including pap smears, pregnancy care, and contraception.
Republicans said the measure would let states divert money now going to groups that provide abortion to organizations that don't, like community health centers.
"It substituted Washington's judgment for the needs of real people", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said before the vote, according to The Hill.
Two Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voted against the 48 other GOP senators.
"I'm in the fifth week of a 12-week rehab for my spinal surgery and I wanted to start getting my routines back".
He had a second operation March 15 and has been recuperating in Georgia under doctor's orders.
"It's a simple statement of where we used to be", said Sen.
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Blumenthal noted that Title X "delivers important family planning and preventive health services to the people of this nation. we're talking about Pap tests, breast exams, birth control, and HIV testing to more than 4 million low-income women and men at almost 4,000 health centers across the country".