Senate Democrats block GOP Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Vote was 53-46

2 Democrats- Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of WV voted with the Republicans

The Senate on Monday rejected a measure to defund Planned Parenthood in a 53-46 vote, likely punting the issue into the fall debate over preventing a government shutdown.

Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the legislation, which was fast-tracked to the floor after the release of undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue from abortions.

Only two Democrats, Sens. Joe Donnelly  and Joe Manchin, voted for the legislation, while two Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted against it.

McConnell and other supporters of the Planned Parenthood bill said it would protect women’s access to medical services because the roughly $500 million in federal funding would be redistributed to other organizations, such as community health centers.