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Congress lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

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The measure, a priority for groups that oppose abortion, would give a thumbs-up to Tennessee and other conservative states to resume policies blocking Planned Parenthood clinics from getting federal funding through the Title X family-planning program.

In a split decision, 50 Republican senators voted for the bill, while 48 Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. 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. The organization preemptively left Title IX and became self-sustainable before Kentucky Senate Bill 8 was passed which denied state funding to family planning facilities that performed or funded abortions.

"States like mine said we wanted to do family planning in our state. but we didn't want to provide federal funds to the single largest provider of abortion in the country", said Sen.

In a letter to House members urging them to vote for H.J. Res. 43, National Right to Life wrote: "Long-standing objections to the massive governmental funding of PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) have been reinforced by widely publicized undercover videos, which illuminate the callous brutality that occurs daily in these abortion mills". Furthermore, Planned Parenthood and its allies have been repeatedly exposed in their horrifying trafficking of aborted babies' tissues and organs. "Poll after poll shows 75% of Americans support Planned Parenthood", she said, referring to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Cheney broke eight ties as vice president, mostly to pass amendments or advance legislation on procedural votes. Of the $4 million in federal funding, more than half of that, $2.5 million, goes to Planned Parenthood.

"The vote was about emboldening states to discriminate and violate federal law", she said. Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds for abortions at all.

Ahead of the final vote Thursday, Democrats had been slamming the GOP for considering repealing the Obama-era rule.

"It substituted Washington's judgment for the needs of real people", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said of Obama's rule. That bill was pulled before being allowed to come to a vote on the House floor.

Scott did not respond to emails and telephone calls for comment on the bill.

But Marilyn Musgrave, a former GOP congresswoman from Colorado who now is vice president of government affairs for the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, said it would "smart politics" to get both the ban and the Planned Parenthood defunding proposal into the Senate.

Participants shout slogans and display placards during a rally to "stand up for women's health" at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 7, 2011. It now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the USA, performing at least 300,000 abortions every year.

In a statement to NBC News, the congresswoman, who originally introduced the bill, referred to it as a matter of state's rights. "Then that money will get redirected to community health care clinics, and probably open up more." said Iverson.

Almost 88,000 individuals in Washington receive services from Planned Parenthood under Medicaid funding, according to the group.

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