In a 241-187 vote, Planned Parenthood’s federal funding was blocked for one year to give Congress time to investigate the new revelations discovered from an undercover video that shows its representatives discussing the selling parts or whole aborted fetuses for potential profit, which would be illegal.
Another bill was passed that tightens restrictions on abortion doctors who violate infant protections, which passed with a 241-177 vote. Nearly all Republicans voted ‘yes’ on both measures, while less than half a dozen Democrats were in favor.
Just in: Congress has frozen Planned Parenthood's funding, "pending investigation" of purported fetal tissue use.. http://t.co/kteTtYvyGM
— The Foxish (@The_Foxish) September 18, 2015
This marks the first time that House has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The lawmakers have just five days left to pass the spending bill and stop a government shutdown and this was an effort to avert that, although many argue this wasn’t about a government shutdown at all.
However, this doesn’t mean it will pass since Obama has threatened a veto. He has also promised to veto an expansion of the born-alive protection bill that would cover infants that are alive after leaving the womb, whether through abortion or natural birth.
That expansion would mean that the infant must be protected regardless if it is wanted or later discarded, but many Democrats argue it is too broad of a protection and will hinder abortionists, thereby putting them out of business.
— Chris Martin (@cmartgram) September 19, 2015