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Senate Rejects Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

The Senate has rejected a budget bill that would have blocked funding to Planned Parenthood locations nationwide.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 44-56 to reject a bill, which the House of Representatives passed in February, which caused outrage nationally because of the attack on the health center that provides life saving health care services to millions of women and men annually.

But many Planned Parenthood representatives do not think the fight is over.  This move just showed that the Republican controlled House of Representatives has more on their agenda than creating jobs for the American public.

This bill which was introduced by Indiana Republican Mike Pence, not only would have eliminated all federal funding to Planned Parenthood but also included substantial cuts to food safety programs and Head Start.

Many anti-abortion advocates praised Pence for pushing the defunding of Planned Parenthood on the simple idea that they are an abortion service provider, although abortion services make up only 3% of the annual services they provide, none of which use tax payer dollars. But none of which took into consideration what would happen to the citizens who depend on Planned Parenthood for breast exams, gynecological exams, and other well patient care services which are provided by the millions.

While this is a small victory for the time being, the battle is not anywhere near over for Planned Parenthood, and the reproductive rights of women all over the country.

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