Vice President Mike Pence cast a rare tie-breaking vote Thursday in the Senate to advance a motion that would allow states to withhold federal funds from health care clinics like Planned Parenthood. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Republicans did not have enough votes with their slim 52-seat majority to advance the bill. With the outcome of Thursday's Senate vote, it's unlikely that these efforts to deny health care to millions of women-and men-will cease anytime soon.
As his Administration wanes to its close, President Obama is preparing to implement a new regulation that flies in the face of our Constitution, federalism, and our Founders' foundational belief that every human life is worthy of inherent dignity because each life is made in the image of God.
Isakson said he thought he'd be back this week to vote on the big Obamacare repeal bill that ended up not making it out of the House.
U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, both Arkansas Republicans, supported scrapping the rule, which seeks to keep family-planning dollars flowing to organizations that also perform abortions.
Whether it's in their phrasing or omissions, the networks aren't backing down in their defense of America's largest abortion provider. "This is a great, great step in the right direction", she said. An abortion provider that benefits financially from the funding of other services it provides is in a stronger position to provide abortions, so it's a dodge to say Congress doesn't fund abortion.
The lawmaker initially expected to be needed on the health-care legislation the Senate was to take up this week, since its final passage and several amendments could have been decided by a single vote.
While Planned Parenthood has services available to all genders and sexualities, this legislation specifically targets abortion-which, in nature-only affect female bodies. "When Planned Parenthood or other abortion clinics receive Title X grant funding, it frees up resources for them to spend more on abortion, their main source of non-governmental service income".
Under the Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood and other healthcare clinics already can not receive federal money for abortion services. "Title X" refers to the federal family planning program, established in that section of the 1970 Public Health Service Act. "Reversal of this rule could make it easier for state politicians to block a woman's access to contraception and critical preventive care at women's health clinics across the country". The money can not be used to provide abortions.
The Department of Health and Human Services ruleprohibits states from cutting Title X family planning grants to community health centers that serve mainly low-income Americans exclusively because they offer abortion services. After Texas cut its contribution and revamped the way it distributed the federal money, the number of patients served by the program declined to less than 167,000 in 2015 from nearly 260,000 in 2011, according to HHS.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the vote on federalist grounds.
Shortly before he left office, Obama pushed through an HHS regulation that essentially forces states to give Planned Parenthood Title X funding. But politicians and advocates who oppose abortion don't want any taxpayer dollars supporting any of Planned Parenthood's operation. Schumer also spoke at the Planned Parenthood rally yesterday.
But they created a political firestorm and prompted House Republicans to convene a special committee to investigate the use of fetal tissue for medical research.