Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood — Obama Will Veto if the Bill Reaches His Desk

Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood — Obama Will Veto if the Bill Reaches His Desk
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Despite last Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, women's reproductive rights faced a new threat Thursday when the U.S. Senate moved forward with its decision to end all of Planned Parenthood's federal funding.

Though Democrats advocated for retaining the funding, three Republicans sponsored the funding-preserving amendment that ultimately failed by a 48-52 vote. The White House has previously stated that President Barack Obama would veto legislation defunding Planned Parenthood or otherwise restricting access to preventive care and health services for women.

Many of the Twitter users whose posts floated to the top couldn't help but point out the irony in the Senate's decision.

Correction: Dec. 4, 2015
An earlier version of this story misstated the final vote tally. The Senate voted 48-52 not to pass an amendment that would have included federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The votes in favor of the amendment included three Republican senators, its sponsors. Also, this story previously failed to clarify that President Barack Obama cannot veto a Senate vote, but rather that his office had stated he would veto legislation that was passed to defund Planned Parenthood or restrict abortion services. 

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Marie Solis

Marie is a staff writer with a focus in feminist issues. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

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