De-funding Planned Parenthood Fight Enters New Battleground in the Senate

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Second Set of Vigils Focuses on Planned Parenthood De-Funding

On Friday, pro-life advocates will again gather across the country for a set of vigils to focus attention on the efforts in Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood. These vigils will have pro-life advocates at the district offices of their U.S. Senators — following a first set that had them at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Students for Life of America is one of the driving forces behind the Friday vigils and Kristan Hawkins, the pro-life group’s executive director, talked about the importance of placing attention on the Senate to complete the de-funding the House already started.

“The House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming majority to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal taxpayer funding, but the struggle is far from over,” she said. “Planned Parenthood is furious and is mobilizing abortion advocates across the country while running attack ads in the home districts of courageous House members who voted their conscience.”

“Now, the pro-abortion Senate has to create its own version of the “Continuing Resolution” bill… and it’s far less likely to include an amendment to stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood,” Hawkins explained. “And regardless of the vote in the Senate, things don’t end there. For the President to sign any bill into law, the wording from the House and the Senate versions of that bill must be exactly the same. The next step will be to send the Continuing Resolution bills from both the House and Senate to be ironed out in “Conference Committee.” After the final bill from the Conference Committee is voted on again by both chambers, it will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, or vetoed.”

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If you feel led to join the vigils information is at Expose Planned Parenthood:

Last week, the US House of Representatives voted — by an overwhelming margin — to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal taxpayer funding …

… But the struggle is far from over!

Planned Parenthood is FURIOUS, and is mobilizing abortion advocates across the country while running attack ads in the home districts of courageous House members who voted their conscience.

The U.S. Senate — with a pro-abortion majority — now has to create its own version of the “Continuing Resolution” bill … and inclusion of the measure to block Planned Parenthood’s tax funding is far less likely.

Regardless of the vote in the Senate, things don’t end there.

For the President to sign any bill into law, the wording from the House and the Senate versions of that bill must be exactly the same. So next, the differences between the House and Senate versions will be ironed out in “Conference Committee.”

The committee will negotiate and compromise on the final language of a bill to be presented to the President. After the language is made identical, the bill is sent back to both chambers for another, final vote. Then the bill goes to the President to be signed into law, or vetoed.

Bottom-line: There are still several hurdles to overcome. And media outlets are predicting that the measure to strip Planned Parenthood’s tax funding likely won’t survive …

But we know that “WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE” — even removing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually from Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain!

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There isn’t much concrete news from the Senate yet except the Democrats, led by Harry Reid have no intention to pass the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.  Stay tuned, updates will be posted as the story unfolds.

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