The question now becomes whether it has a chance at passing the Senate?
Today the House passed two pieces of anti-abortion based legislation, with one that would revoke federal funding from Planned Parenthood for one year. The legislative action from Republicans comes after undercover tapes claiming Planned Parenthood was breaking federal law by selling fetal tissue for profit. Republicans in Congress have become so distressed over the tapes that many have actually threatened a government shutdown – ie would block the passing of a budget this month – if the organization isn’t defunded for a year.
Of the two anti-abortion bills that passed today, while one dealt with defunding Planned Parenthood, the other specifically tries to deal criminal penalties on medical personnel who fail to attend to an infant if born through a botched abortion procedure. This bill was essentially created to stop organizations like Planned Parenthood from selling fetal tissue to medical researchers (or the thing that is happening in those videos).
Many Democrats and pro-choice supporters insist that federal funding does not go into the abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides – which by all estimates are true – yet conservatives still feel defunding the organization for a year would allow for a more thorough investigation over their practices.
While both pieces of legislation did pass the House, it’s unclear if it will pass so easily in the Senate, where many Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren have vowed to fight the bills if it were to be introduced onto the Senate Floor.
It’s also still unclear if a majority of Republicans would actually shutdown the government if Planned Parenthood isn’t defunded this year, but if their threats echo Ted Cruz, then it could be a very real possibility!
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