Senate Liberals Crush Republicans As Democrats Block Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood


By a mostly party-line vote, Senate Democrats powered by the liberal caucus rose up and blocked a Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Democrats had no trouble getting to the minimum of 41 votes that they needed to block the bill. The final vote was 53-46, with Republicans having no chance of getting to 60 votes.

Before the vote, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said, “Recently, anti-abortion activists secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood doctors and staff. In these videos, some of the physicians captured on tape did not treat the issue of reproductive health services with the appropriate level of sensitivity, and I was glad to see that the president of Planned Parenthood apologized for the tone of those remarks. But these videos–deceptively edited to paint a misleading picture of the organization–were designed to distort the truth and create controversy. A controversy that opponents of reproductive rights are now exploiting by pushing the same failed strategy. Only this time, they have cloaked their opposition to reproductive rights in disingenuous rhetoric that purports to value women’s health.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) slammed Republicans on the Senate floor, “Do you have any idea what year it is?” Warren asked. “Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950’s or the 1890’s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies. Just look at the recent facts.”

Video of Warren’s speech on the Senate floor:

The Senate’s liberals were never going to allow a bill to defund Planned Parenthood to come anywhere close to passing. The vote was a publicity stunt by Mitch McConnell that didn’t work. In the end, the real power in the Senate was once again demonstrated to be with the liberals.

Mitch McConnell can schedule all of the empty show votes on repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood that he wants, but the real power to get anything done rests with a group of liberals on the Democratic side of the aisle.

The liberals said no, and there isn’t a thing that Mitch McConnell can do about it.

25 Replies to “Senate Liberals Crush Republicans As Democrats Block Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood”

  1. I GOT IT!!! The prob with Teahadists, NeoConArtists and Teatards is that they think the Golden Rule is “He who has the Gold makes the Rules.”
    Actuality it’s always been “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
    …and I REALLY doubt they want what THEY dish out landing on thier own heads…

  2. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
    Repugs are sure that they see a war on freedom and
    Christmas, but no assault on women? Did these fools
    even know their own mothers?

  3. Please, for all that is holy the Democrats should running ads on this attack on women’s healthcare.

  4. And for those of us who are decried as being unholy…
    Democrats- with backbones, fighting for Women’s Freedom.

    Well done.

  5. I think many and maybe even most of the right wingers in our country see the words Planned Parenthood and mistake the words for Abortion Clinic.

    I have to wonder if any of them have any idea of the services offered by Planned Parenthood.

  6. Dearly beloved, Republicans are a Jim Jones style rat organization. With the great squirrel pelt anhilator: Donald “I’m an ass” Trump leading Republicans into a well deserved oblivious destination. Wha’ happened? That danged man in the White assed House built with unwilling immigrants, (Black folk) has apparently made them insane. Why cast votes for beasties that hate everything from a glass of water to endless court hearings and even more personified, well polished lies? Republicans. Will we ever learn?

  7. Heard Dem Joe Manchin voted to defund.

    I’m Henry the eighth I am
    Henry the eighth I am, I am
    yadda, yadda………

    SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST — In otherwords — We’ve been here before.

    Planned Parenthood edited videos & the vote to defund immediately brought to mind — the swiftboat vote & edited videos at the hands of Breitbart & his crime companion James O’Keefe, the vote which destroyed ACORN for the same thing — edited videos. I still fault the Dems for the ACORN demise along with the ReTHUGS as the Dems were stunned & stupid & fell for the lies & they didn’t think but quickly voted & killed it. They gave no thought to investigate those videos. The same with Shirley Sherrod & the edited video for which the Dems bought into that one too but Shirley stood her ground & fought back but was forced to resign. When will Dems learn this is the disgusting ReTHUG old trick.

    Media has made no mention to remind people of the prior edited vids disgusting tricks of…

  8. Well, considering that Congressional Republicans have made over 50 (and counting) attempts to defund/repeal the ACA, I can only assume that this is just the first of many battles that will be waged in their “war on women”.

  9. There is an article on Raw Story that says Kirk actually voted against sending this to the floor.

    I’m shocked.

  10. They all just think Planned Parenthood equals abortion and what they miss is the health care they provide men, women, and even children.

    Their government funding doesn’t go toward abortion – it goes toward these health services. THAT is what these people voted to de-fund. It should come as no surprise, however, considering all their howling about ObamaCare. They don’t care if people get health care; they never have, never will.

  11. Gerry, Paws is correct. Kirk voted nay along with fellow Republican, of all people, the turtle McConnell!! Ms. Graham did not vote. However, there were two Democrats that voted yea: Manchin (WV) and Donnelly (IN). If anyone on this site have either one of these two as their Senators, give them H-E-double hockey sticks!!!

  12. Why Manchin is still called a Democrat is beyond me. He’s no Democrat.

    And I think there might be procedural reasons why McConnell voted the way he did; there would have to be – he’s no friend to Planned Parenthood or to women’s health in general.

  13. If the Republicans didn’t cheat, they couldn’t win seats in both state and federal congresses.

    If their plan was/is so good for America why do they have to tell lies and cheat? Videos, gerrymandering.

    They are planning on shutting down the government by tying defunding to the budget.
    Apparently, they consider the budget for keeping the government running to be of less importance than providing money for health services for men, women and children.

    Interesting priorities.

  14. “The GOP is against Planned Parenthood. But based on the Iraq War, the GOP is against planned anything.” — Bill Maher

  15. Donnelly only won his seat in the senate due to Richard Murdoch’s thumping on about his religious beliefs concerning abortion. Indiana has tilted full on stupid if they buy any excuse for his bullshit. Manchin is a lost cause, has been for a while.

  16. Most of PP’s services involve being proactive, i.e., preventing pregnancies through education and providing various types of birth control.

    The sad irony is that conservatives strive to undermine this aspect of Planned Parenthood’s mission as well … which would most certainly result in an even greater number of unplanned, unwanted pregnancies and a return to the ‘back alley coat hanger’ solution for low-income women.

  17. The GOP plan (Kock Bros Plan)- keep the masses poor and in constantly worsening financial straits, ignorant and bickering amongst themselves, so they do not realize what is really happening. This is class warfare people. The rich keep using hidden agendas and greed to keep us in our places. It is also a war on women. Any woman voting for the Redumican party needs her head and heart examined. Thanks to OBAMA Care they can afford it!

  18. Like What??? Careful, now. It has been researched…………….They do referals for other free things………..

  19. Republicans are vowing with ever-increasing vehemence to vote against legislation – including a CR — that includes funding for Planned Parenthood and that means that a continuing resolution that simply extends existing funding at current levels won’t be acceptable to the GOP majorities in the House and Senate. The House and Senate Republican leadership could cobble together a coalition with the moderate members of their own caucus and Democrats, but they would do so by placing themselves and their members in extreme political peril.

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