WASHINGTON — Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday to pass legislation that will allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.
The measure, which now goes to President Trump for his signature, dismisses an Obama-era rule banning states from denying federal funds to such organizations.
Pence’s vote was needed to break a 50-50 tie. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with their party, voting against the measure.
Republicans have said the Obama rule should be overturned to allow states the right to steer funds away from abortion providers, if they choose.
Democrats condemned the measure throughout the day, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York calling it “another example of the Republican war on women.”
“It would let states treat women as second-class citizens who don’t deserve the same access to health care as men,” he said.
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One Blue Horse Says: They say it is treating women as second-class citizens but I say what about the babies that are killed indiscriminately by the thousands daily? And why don’t they deserve access to health care, as in being allowed to be born and live a life like you and I were allowed? We must take the stand as people of God to protect the millions of unborn lives that are killed every year in the USA and almost all other countries and for what reason? It is murder. Pregnancy can be prevented, babies can be adopted. There is no reasonable, moral or decent excuse for them to be killed as if they were cattle in pens with body parts and cells being sold on the free market around the world.
We have not taken a strong enough stand to stop abortion so God is moving to stop it Himself. I support God’s move and hope you do to. That is why HE is calling us let get of our old personal agendas and fear of man and to draw near to Him, align with what He is doing in this season and bring His love to the world. His love can turn the hearts of the mothers to either prevent the babies from being conceived or to keep them and love them or let them go to people who will love them.
There ARE CHOICES besides abortion.