Congress OKs Planned Parenthood funding crackdown, as Pence breaks tie

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March 31, 2017

Congress-OKs-Planned
WASHINGTON – Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

In Congress’ latest clash mixing the politics of abortion, women’s health and states’ rights, Pence cast the decisive vote in a 51-50 roll call. The tally had been tied after two GOP senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, joined Democrats opposing the measure.

Senate approval sent the legislation to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it. The House voted its consent last month.

The bill erases a regulation imposed by former President Barack Obama shortly before he left office that lets states deny family planning funds to organizations only if they are incapable of providing those services. Some states have passed laws in recent years denying the money to groups that provide abortions.

  • NM Leon

    Time to primary Murkowski and Collins!

  • Tiger

    Fetal homicide

    Laws in the United States

    Fetal homicide laws in the United States

    Homicide or murder.

    Other crime against fetus.

    Depends on age of fetus.

    Assaulting woman.

    In the U.S., most crimes of violence are covered by state law, not
    federal law. Thirty-eight (38) states currently recognize the “unborn
    child” (the term usually used) or fetus as a homicide victim, and
    twenty-three (23) of those states apply this principle throughout the
    period of pre-natal development.[2]
    These laws do not apply to legally induced abortions. Federal and state
    courts have consistently held that these laws do not contradict the
    U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion.

    In 2004, Congress enacted, and President Bush signed, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act,
    which recognizes the “child in utero” as a legal victim if he or she is
    injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal
    crimes of violence. These crimes include some acts that are federal
    crimes no matter where they occur (e.g., certain acts of terrorism),
    crimes in federal jurisdictions, crimes within the military system,
    crimes involving certain federal officials, and other special cases. The
    law defines “child in utero” as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

    Of the 38[2][3]
    states that recognize fetal homicide, approximately two-thirds apply
    the principle throughout the period of pre-natal development, while
    one-third establish protection at some later stage, which varies from
    state to state. For example, California treats the killing of a fetus as
    homicide, but does not treat the killing of an embryo (prior to
    approximately eight weeks) as homicide, by construction of the
    California Supreme Court.[4] Some other states do not consider the killing of a fetus to be homicide until the fetus has reached quickening or viability.[5]

    Unlawful abortion may be considered “feticide”.[6]

    Fetal homicide laws, as well as ordinary murder statutes, are
    increasingly used to prosecute pregnant women accused of intentionally
    or recklessly causing miscarriages or stillbirths. According to the
    organization National Advocates for Pregnant Women, South Carolina,
    one of the first states to pass a feticide law, has charged only one
    man who assaulted a pregnant woman under this law, while approximately
    300 women have been arrested. Widely publicized cases include that of
    Rennie Gibbs, Bei Bei Shuai, and Purvi Patel.

    Gibbs was charged with murder in Mississippi in 2006 for having a stillborn
    daughter while addicted to cocaine. Gibbs is the first woman in
    Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn
    baby.[3] The judge in that case ruled that the charges be dismissed.[7] In 2011 Shuai was charged by Indiana
    authorities with murder and feticide after her failed suicide attempt
    resulted in the death of the child she was pregnant with. Shuai’s case
    was the first in the history of Indiana in which a woman was prosecuted
    for murder for a suicide attempt while pregnant.[8]
    In 2013 Shuai pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal
    recklessness and was released, having been sentenced to time served. In
    2015 Purvi Patel became the first woman in the United States to

  • egalicki

    If you are too stupid to know how to not get pregnant – or too lazy – pay for your own dang abortion – leave me and my tax dollars out of it.

    • Retired

      Abortion after pleasure should be Outlawed . That is why the morning after pill was manufactured that or keep your panties on ..

  • Glenda Jordan

    A victory for the little people (literally)…PTL!

    • egalicki

      Especially for potential people – people who were prevented from being born. Many would have been women, and many would have been black – or whatever you are allowed to call people of color now – at the joy of Margaret Sanger – her pet project – ridding the world of blacks – and a close associate of Adolph Hitler.

      • Glenda Jordan

        Exactly….and that’s what I meant by little people (babies). Sanger would no doubt be joyful (re:the growth of her cause) for it not be the pits of hell she resides.

  • Chuck

    Outstanding. At last the murder machine may have been neutered.

    • Tiger

      People are out of their minds concerning the Horse Slaughter Houses Obama allowed again, Americans don’t eat horses.

      They are outraged at the slaughtering of over 100 animals a day at their local shelters attached to dumps, they dig holes atop the trash mounds and kill the animals at the end of each day, put them in a covered truck and haul them to the holes and dump them in.

      They are outrages with oh so much more and rightly so but when it comes to killing infants they don’t care.

      Fetal homicide

      Laws in the United States

      Fetal homicide laws in the United States

      Homicide or murder.

      Other crime against fetus.

      Depends on age of fetus.

      Assaulting woman.

      In the U.S., most crimes of violence are covered by state law, not
      federal law. Thirty-eight (38) states currently recognize the “unborn
      child” (the term usually used) or fetus as a homicide victim, and
      twenty-three (23) of those states apply this principle throughout the
      period of pre-natal development.[2]
      These laws do not apply to legally induced abortions. Federal and state
      courts have consistently held that these laws do not contradict the
      U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on abortion.

      In 2004, Congress enacted, and President Bush signed, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act,
      which recognizes the “child in utero” as a legal victim if he or she is
      injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal
      crimes of violence. These crimes include some acts that are federal
      crimes no matter where they occur (e.g., certain acts of terrorism),
      crimes in federal jurisdictions, crimes within the military system,
      crimes involving certain federal officials, and other special cases. The
      law defines “child in utero” as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”

      Of the 38[2][3]
      states that recognize fetal homicide, approximately two-thirds apply
      the principle throughout the period of pre-natal development, while
      one-third establish protection at some later stage, which varies from
      state to state. For example, California treats the killing of a fetus as
      homicide, but does not treat the killing of an embryo (prior to
      approximately eight weeks) as homicide, by construction of the
      California Supreme Court.[4] Some other states do not consider the killing of a fetus to be homicide until the fetus has reached quickening or viability.[5]

      Unlawful abortion may be considered “feticide”.[6]

      Fetal homicide laws, as well as ordinary murder statutes, are
      increasingly used to prosecute pregnant women accused of intentionally
      or recklessly causing miscarriages or stillbirths. According to the
      organization National Advocates for Pregnant Women, South Carolina,
      one of the first states to pass a feticide law, has charged only one
      man who assaulted a pregnant woman under this law, while approximately
      300 women have been arrested. Widely publicized cases include that of
      Rennie Gibbs, Bei Bei Shuai, and Purvi Patel.

      Gibbs was charged with murder in Mississippi in 2006 for having a stillborn
      daughter while addicted to cocaine. Gibbs is the first woman in
      Mississippi to be charged with murder relating to the loss of her unborn
      baby.[3] The judge in that case ruled that the charges be dismissed.[7] In 2011 Shuai was charged by Indiana
      authorities with murder and feticide after her failed suicide attempt
      resulted in the death of the child she was pregnant with. Shuai’s case
      was the first in the history of Indiana in which a woman was prosecuted
      for murder for a suicide attempt while pregnant.[8]
      In 2013 Shuai pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal
      recklessness and was released, having been sentenced to time served. In
      2015 Purvi Patel became the first woman in the United States to

  • justinwachin

    Since our nation is teetering on bankruptcy maybe they should have voted to eliminate federal funding for family planning. Thanks to TV most people have a pretty good idea how to become pregnant nowadays.

    We need to quit funneling taxpayer money to the highly profitable baby slaughter industry. They are wealthy enough without taxpayer funds.

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  • Webb

    Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, joined Democrats opposing the measure.
    REALLY…
    Alaska and Maine its time to elect Conservatives…

    • Retired

      They are both miss informed about PP just like most of the public.

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