Breaking News: Senate Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol Building (public domain image via FEMA)

There will be a vote, perhaps as soon as Monday, on defunding Planned Parenthood, and Rand Paul says he thinks there will be 58 “yes” votes, which means 4 or 5 Democrats may break ranks on abortion extremism.

It may be a procedural motion, since under current Senate rules you need 60 votes to break a “filibuster.”  Who are the two senators willing to stand up for fetal dismemberment for profit?

Rand said “I’m horrified by these videos and and everybody is. When i think of ultrasound [sic], I think of the pictures of my kids before they were born and the happiness we had. To imagine that doctors are using ultrasound to manipulate the body around, turn the body around to take body parts from a baby, it just — it sickens me. And so, I’ve been fighting to defund Planned Parenthood. I don’t think they should get any taxpayer dollars. And we got good news today, we are going to get a vote on this. The Senate will vote on defunding Planned Parenthood before we leave in August.

Rand stated of the vote, “there’s at least three or four Democrats that we think we have a chance of getting. That gets us close. We’re up to about 58 then. So, we’re going to work very hard. I think there are some pro-choice Democrats, there are many pro-choice Americans who are horrified by this. Because they don’t think of abortion as turning the baby around and harvesting baby hearts, and showing kidneys and livers and lungs and hearts that are then being resold. The gruesomeness of this cannot be overstated. And I think we may well get some Democrats who are going to say, ‘Enough’s enough, we can’t keep funding a group that does this.”

He added that the Department of Justice should “absolutely” look into Planned Parenthood. And “Do you think when these young women are signing consent for their procedure, they know that they’re signing a consent that their baby’s body parts will be sold? I’m guessing that when you go in to have an abortion, they’re saying that this consent is for the procedure. And I really wonder if the women know that the baby’s kidneys and liver and heart are going to be sold off.”

I wonder if they realize Planned Parenthood is charging them for an abortion and then selling off their baby parts?  Is there also a consumer fraud issue?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.