Although Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers can receive Title X grants, legislatures have blocked them from receiving the funding in nearly a dozen states.
Under the Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood and other healthcare clinics already cannot receive federal money for abortion services.
Vice President Mike Pence cast a rare tie-breaking vote Thursday in the Senate to pass a bill allowing states to withhold federal funds from health care clinics like Planned Parenthood.
“Title X has worked for 45 years until the Obama Administration changed the rules, and this legislation will simply undo this ill-conceived change.”
Originally enacted in 1976, the law states that clinics can only use Title X grants for non-abortion health services.
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The defection of two Republican senators forced Vice President Mike Pence to break two tie votes as the Senate passed a resolution that would free states to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood.
She has voted to bar direct funding of abortions, and has opposed legislation to withhold grants from organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
(Note: Bloomberg Philanthropies provides financial support for Planned Parenthood.)
“Family planning funds are the best way to reduce the number of abortions,” Collins said in an interview.
Undercover VideoRepublicans accelerated their efforts in 2015 to restrict government funding of Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood’s medical director discussing reimbursement for tissue and organs harvested from aborted fetuses.
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Pence breaks tie in Senate vote targeting Planned Parenthood funding
Pence breaks tie in Senate vote targeting Planned Parenthood fundingWith a rare tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Thursday sent a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk giving states permission to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Thirteen Republican-controlled states restricted the family planning grants to Planned Parenthood before the Obama administration issued the regulation last year.
“We’re talking about federal family planning funds and I don’t think that those funds should be subjected to state restrictions,” Collins told POLITICO.
Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have long opposed blocking funding for the family planning organization.
On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to end federal funding for the organization.