On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funding for a year. The vote was 241-187, but the Senate Democrats have the votes to block the bill that was just placed, and the White House is backing the Democrats with a promise to veto.
President Obama is strongly against the vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood and issues a statement that said he would veto the House bill that not only strips the federal funding for Planned Parenthood but also puts new restrictions on abortions, according to the Huffington Post.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that if the bill was passed, then 630,000 people would lose access to health care services, many of those people being women.
In a statement The White House said, “Planned Parenthood uses both Federal and non-Federal funds to prove a range of important preventive care and health services, including health screenings, vaccinations, and check-ups to millions of men and women who visit their health centers annually. Longstanding Federal policy already prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of a woman would be endangered. By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, H.R. 3134 would limit access to health care for men, women, and families across the Nation, and would disproportionately impact low-income individuals.”
Many U.S. Representatives took to their Facebooks today to express why they voted in favor of the bill, and the internet blew up with the announcement that the bill had passed. The hashtag #IstandwithPP began to trend while people fought against the House’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood encouraged their supporters to fight back against the bill and take a stand against the “attacks on reproductive health” and also encouraged the hashtag #istandwithPP to be used when discussing the new bill being passed.
The White House has not made a statement yet on the Planned Parenthood bill being passed.
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