Senate Rejects Move to Defund Planned Parenthood
Defunding bill shot down after passing House
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2011 1:40 AM CDT
Planned Parenthood patients, volunteers and supporters rally against budget cuts.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A measure to defund Planned Parenthood was shot down in the Senate after passing the House by a vote of 241-185. The Senate vote was 42-58, with five Republicans rejecting the stand-alone measure: Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, MSNBC reports. Ten Democrats backed the measure in the House.

Federal laws ban spending government money for abortions unless a woman's life is in danger, but Republicans argue that providing Planned Parenthood with funding for other services frees up cash it can use to subsidize abortion services, Bloomberg notes. Planned Parenthood’s president hailed the Senate for rejecting "this extreme proposal."

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Ballantyne
Apr 19, 2011 12:35 PM CDT
removed bc Newser posted to wrong story
dann0
Apr 15, 2011 1:31 PM CDT
They need to de-fund Bush's "faith based services" initiatives. All this money does is free up church's so that they can use other money to fund hate groups and lobby congress.
saucier111
Apr 15, 2011 12:08 PM CDT
The government should have no say over a women body or what she chooses to do with it,her body is her personal temple.The gop are just a bunch of hyprocrites,thieves and liars selling out the American people,for their own profit.