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Mike Pence Voted to Break a Tie to Allow States to Defund Planned Parenthood

Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to pass a bill allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing health clinics on Thursday.

Buzzfeed reports two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted against the legislation along with all of the Senate’s Democrats. Another Republican, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, came to the Senate in a wheelchair recovering from back surgery to support the bill.

This left the vote up to Pence, who broke the tie, sending the bill to President Trump’s desk. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

The bill would roll back yet another Obama-era rule that stopped states from withholding funds from clinics that provided abortions, according to NBC News. The rule went into effect two days before Obama left office in a last-minute effort to protect Planned Parenthood.

“We’re talking about federal family planning funds and I don’t think that those funds should be subjected to state restrictions,” Collins told POLITICO. “It’s important to recognize that there is already a bar against using federal funds for abortion and that bar stays in effect. That’s a prohibition that I personally support, but I’m a strong supporter of family planning funds.”

Many users took to Twitter to voice their discontent with the vote and inform others of the services Planned Parenthood and other such clinics provide besides abortion.


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Dania De La Hoya

Illinois State

Dania De La Hoya is a senior at Illinois State University double majoring in Journalism and French. She hopes to one day work for anything from a magazine to a newspaper to a TV station. Her biggest goal is to one day publish a fiction novel. When she is not writing or juggling three languages, she can be found binge-watching her latest obsession on Netflix, eating guacamole, or petting cute dogs. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @daniadelahoya.