U.S. Senate rejected Republican efforts to cut off the federal funding of health care organization Planned Parenthood.
The long campaigning of the Republican Party to stop Planned Parenthood has failed to pass procedural vote at the U.S. Senate in defunding the organization. The legislation did not pass with 53 Republicans voting for and 46 Democrats voting against. The legislation needed 60 votes in order to be moved to the next stage. It was sponsored by the Republican Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa. According to Reuters, Ernst said “The question before us today is clear: Who do we want to be as a nation? It is hard for anyone to defend these morally reprehensible videos, as Planned Parenthood callously harvested the organs of unborn babies, to be sold at a price.”
The scandal that follows Planned Parenthood these days I due to a number of video featuring Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted tissue and body parts to biological companies. However, despite Republican rhetoric and attacks, the healthcare group announced that they have done nothing illegal and that the group does not make profits for tissue donation. According to U.S. law, the donated tissue can be used for medical research, with no profits for the sale.
The debate over abortion rights is held for a very long time and prohibiting women’s rights is an attempt to bring back civilization to the dark ages. According to U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren the legislation is “just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated right wing attack on women’s rights. And I’m sick and tired of it. The American people are sick and tired of it. I want to say to my Republican colleagues, the year is 2015, not 1955 and not 1895.”
Planned Parenthood as a health organization does abortions as 3% of its service, among family planning, breast and cervical cancer screenings, etc.
Republican contenders for the 2016 Elections, like the Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio voted for the measure. On the other hand, according to Reuters, Democrat Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton who regards women’s rights as a pillar of her White House campaign has said that this type of Republican behavior is well know and is “regrettable”.
Conservative legislators have made leads that they may try to attach the defunding bill to a bill to fund the government, opening the possibility to shutdown the government over a single issue.
The Republican Party has vowed to attack the organization again after the congressional recess of legislators and have until September to find a new path to block funding of Planned Parenthood which totals in more than $500 million per year in Medicade contributions and $60 million in federal funding for family planning services.