The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood that had energized protests across the country. But at the state level, a steady anti-choice push continues, with Minnesota lawmakers proposing the latest bill.
(WOMENSENEWS)–Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday turned back a House spending bill, lifting the cleaver hanging over funds for Planned Parenthood and other family-planning programs while intensifying suspense about whether Congress can pass a budget in time to keep the federal government open.
“We commend fair-minded senators for rejecting the anti-choice House leadership’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle the nation’s family-planning centers,” said Nancy Keenan, president of the Washington-based NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a press statement following news of the vote.
“Unfortunately, the Senate action coincides with a War on Women in the House that continues to escalate. This extreme and far-reaching agenda is a wake-up call to Americans, who are realizing just how much time and energy anti-choice lawmakers are willing to expend attacking a woman’s right to choose instead of focusing on the jobs agenda that they promised Americans,” she added.
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