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Senate Democrats Block Planned Parenthood Defunding

Senate Democrats Block Planned Parenthood Defunding

WASHINTON — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican effort to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover videos that have raised questions about the organization's harvesting of fetal tissue for research laboratories. A largely partisan vote on the legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood was 53-46, short of the 60 votes needed for the legislation to move forward. Connecticut Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were "no" votes. Speaking on the Senate floor before the vote Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, "The question before us today is clear. Who do we want to be as a...

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