A leading pro-life group believes that Thursday's Senate vote on former President Obama's executive order on Planned Parenthood funding offers a hint of hope for eventually defunding the nation's largest abortion-provider.
In light of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providers showing the harvesting and sale of aborted babies' body parts, more than a dozen states took action to strip the abortion giant of tax dollars. That prompted then-President Obama, shortly before he left office, to take action to ensure the states couldn't do that.
But on Thursday, the U.S. Senate corrected that action on a 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence had to cast the tie-breaking vote – but only after Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia was brought into chambers in a wheelchair and then a walker to cast his vote against Obama's edict. Isakson had been absent since late February due to two back surgeries and rehabilitation.
Two Republican senators – Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins – joined Democrats in opposing the measure. link