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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Senate Begins Debate On Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America (S.1881)

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) filed cloture on a motion to proceed to a bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (S.1881; Text of Legislation).

To proceed to a bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America S. 1881 that would block federal funding for the agency and redirect it to other women's health organizations that do not provide abortion but real health care for women a procedural vote is expected on Monday, August 3, 2015.  However, to move the legislation forward Senate Majority Leader McConnell told reporters the procedural vote faces an uphill battle to get 60 votes.  It is expected that Senate Democrats will defeat the legislation. Also, two Republican senators Mark Kirk (Illinois) and Susan Collins (Maine) have said they will oppose the bill despite four horrific videos showing Planned Parenthood physicians potentially breaking the law to sell aborted babies body parts.  However, a group of 18 House Republicans say they will hold up any bill to fund the federal government that does not contain language in it to defund Planned Parenthood if the legislation as is expected to be defeated by Senate Democrats.

The measure is a result of three shocking videos that caught Planned Parenthood physicians discussing and arranging the sale of aborted babies body parts and a fourth video that was released on July 30, 2015, that caught a Planned Parenthood vice president discussing how to potentially break or get around the law to sell aborted babies. (To view videos visit:  http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/ )

In taxpayer funding Planned Parenthood received $528 million according to the latest reportable year. The organization performed 327,653 abortions during that same period. And over the last three years has performed just under one million abortions (988,783).

Planned Parenthood has been caught on a series of undercover videos allegedly using the banned partial birth abortion procedure to harvest and sell the body parts of aborted babies that include hearts, lungs, liver, and heads.  From each body part from aborted babies Planned Parenthood charged $100-$200 former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, told The Christian Post. Also, she added that the money received covers more than shipping and other fees. For example, Johnson said, “ Shipping only costs a clinic $4 to $10 but they are sometimes charging $100 to $200 for each baby.  They are charging additional fees, but in reality there are no additional fees except for minimal shipping costs.”

Also, it has been reported that Center for Medical Progress President David Daleiden during an interview with CNN said the reason StemExpress is trying to suppress the video he took of its Chief Executive Officer on May 22, 2015,  is the company does not want anyone to know it bought from Planned Parenthood whole intact dead babies. During a morning interview on CNN on July 31, 2015, Daleiden said, “In a meeting with their top leadership, they admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that's why they're trying to suppress that videotape and they're very scared of it.”

 Additional Reading:

Jordan Carney, “McConnell tees up Planned Parenthood voteThe Hill, July 30, 2015.

Steve Ertelt, “Republicans Mark Kirk and Susan Collins Will Oppose Senate Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood,” LifeNews.com July 30, 2015.

Steve Ertelt, “18 House Republicans Pledge to Shut Down Government if Planned Parenthood Not De-Funded,” LifeNews.com July 31, 2015.

“Senate to vote Monday to defund Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle,” FoxNews.com, August 2, 2015.

BillyValentine, “Defund Planned Parenthood: These 7 Senators Need Pressure NOW,” RedState.com, July 31, 2015.

Austin Ruse, “Bombshell: Investigator Says StemExpress Bought Intact Dead Babies from Planned Parenthood,” Breitbart.com, July 31, 2015.

Steve Ertelt, “Is Planned Parenthood Selling “Fully Intact” Babies Born Alive and Left to Die?,” LifeNews.com July 31, 2015.

Sarah Zagorski, “Former Planned Parenthood Director: Abortion Biz Makes $100-$200 for Every Aborted Baby Part Sold,” LifeNews.com July 31, 2015. 

What Can You Do?  

 Urge your senators to TO SUPPORT   a bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (S.1881). Taxpayer funds should not be used to fund these heinous and horrific procedures reminiscent of Nazi Germany and Dr. Josef Mengele.

The following senators should be targeted:

Susan Collins (R-Maine): (202) 224-2523 

Mark Kirk (R-Illinois): (202) 224-2854 

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) (202 224-6665 


Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania)  (202) 224-6324

Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) (202) 224-4814

Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)  (202) 224-2043

Joe Manchin III (D-West Virginia)  (202) 224-3954

Contact Information:  

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm     

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510   

Dear Senator (last name):  



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