• How GOP Senate Leadership Failed #ProLife Movement (again); Planned Parenthood Wins (again)

    The Senate failed to advance a Republican-led measure to defund Planned Parenthood Monday, after a series of undercover videos emerged that suggest the organization sells fetal organs from late-term abortions to tissue companies.

    The bill was not expected to get passed because Republicans needed several “yeas” from Democrats who are strong advocates of Planned Parenthood and late-term abortions.

    The vote to bring debate on the bill was 53 against 46 in favor and the measure needed 60 votes to move forward.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D.-W.V.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D.-Ill.) were the only two Democrats who voted halt federal aid to the group.

    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) were the only Republicans to vote no. McConnell voted no so he could again bring up the measure. Only senators on the winning side of a vote may make a motion to reconsider.

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham skipped the vote so he could campaign for president in New Hampshire.

    Leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber appear ready to continue the fight. Republicans could try to gain leverage for the defund effort when Congress returns from August recess by threating to vote against spending bills to keep the government running after Sept. 30 if they include Planned Parenthood funds.

    The videos, which were made by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CPM), have galvanized pro-life organizations and others to restrict abortions and undermine Planned Parenthood.

    CPM has so far released four videos in which people posing as representatives of a company that purchases fetal tissue negotiating the price of aborted fetal tissue with Planned Parenthood officials.

    Federal law prohibits the sale of fetal tissue for profit.

    The White House says it would block legislation to defund the group. Press secretary Josh Earnest told CNN on Monday that while he had not personally seen the “shocking” videos, he believed that the videos had been “selectively edited.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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