8.4.15: Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood.
Monday’s vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded , which shows Planned Parenthood officials discussing how much researchers should pay for organs from aborted fetuses. The organization says the videos were highly edited, that it donates tissue to medical researchers and doesn’t profit.
The vote was 53-46 to end Democrats’ delaying tactics. That was seven short of the 60 votes the Republicans needed to proceed to a defunding vote.
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, says the vote was disappointing. He says the videos showed that Planned Parenthood is actually about preventing people from becoming parents “by killing their children, by selling their body parts.”
But the Rev. Harry Knox, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, disagrees.