Senate GOP bill defunds Planned Parenthood for one year

Senate GOP bill defunds Planned Parenthood for one year
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The Senate healthcare bill, revealed Thursday, defunds Planned Parenthood for one year, despite concerns that the move would not meet budget rules.

The GOP bill follows the same language in the House-passed healthcare bill in blocking Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, which provides women's healthcare and abortion services.

Two Republican senators, Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (Ala.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (Maine), have already suggested they may not support the bill if it defunds Planned Parenthood.

Collins said Wednesday if the bill included defunding language, she and Murkowski would introduce an amendment stripping it out.

The pair introduced a similar amendment for a repeal bill in 2015, but it wasn't accepted.

Collins ultimately voted against the repeal bill while Murkowski voted for it.

President Trump has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood.

“If this is the Senate’s idea of a bill with heart, then the women of America should have fear struck in theirs," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement.

"Slashing Medicaid and blocking millions of women from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood is beyond heartless. One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They will not stay silent as politicians vote to take away their care and their rights.”