US Senate approves budget that funds Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate voted 79 to 18 today to pass an omnibus budget deal that funds Planned Parenthood.
Republicans and Democrats agreed on this deal to prevent a temporary government shutdown. It passed the U.S. House 309-118 on Wednesday. 103 Republicans voted against it; only 15 Democrats did.
Democrats were successful in removing various pro-life additions to the bill.
The bill increases funding for abstinence education programs by $5 million but continues to give far more money to some "comprehensive" sex-ed programs.
Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association, praised the increase in funding for the promotion of sexual risk avoidance. Such programs will receive a total of $15 million over the next year.
It also blocks federal employees at most agencies except the Departments of State and Housing and Urban Development from accessing pornography on their work computers.
Pro-life leaders were disappointed with the $1.1 trillion omnibus deal when it was announced, especially given that pro-life Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House.
However, today the House is expected to pass the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which defunds Planned Parenthood and replaces Obamacare. The AHCA is a type of bill that only needs 51, rather than 60, votes in the Senate.