After much talk has been thrown around about defunding Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Senate finally took the first step in that process.
According to LifeNews.com, the Senate held a party-line vote approving of a budget resolution bill aimed at directing taxpayer funding away from the abortion provider to family healthcare providers that offer less controversial healthcare.
The vote was a part of Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare.
“Wednesday’s vote, to begin debating a 2017 budget, is the first in what will need to be a long series, stretching out over the coming months. The budget will have to get final approval in the Senate, then in the House. Then several committees will have to come up with specific legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that legislation will have to come back to the floors of both chambers for final votes,” notes The Washington Times.
Pro-life advocates are hopeful the Senate will make defunding Planned Parenthood a priority in the new budget.
“We urge Congress to swiftly pass the budget resolution so they can pass a reconciliation bill that re-directs abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to community health centers,” stated Marjorie Dannenfelser, a pro-life adviser to President-elect Trump during his campaign and the president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Trump has said he is committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to provide abortions.
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Publication date: January 5, 2017