In a 241-187 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Sept. 18 to temporarily suspend all funding to Planned Parenthood. The Senate rejected the bill, titled “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,” in a 52-47 vote on Sept. 24. The bill was intended to block federal funding to the family-planning organization and its clinics for one year unless the clinics discontinued their abortion services.
According to the House, withholding Planned Parenthood’s funding would allow the government more time to investigate the secretly recorded videos that surfaced earlier this year accusing Planned Parenthood of selling aborted fetuses and body parts for medical research. The authenticity of those videos has been questioned by the White House. Arguments from House members favoring the bill stem from beliefs that all life is sacred, so the government should not pay for Planned Parenthood’s abortion services. Read More