Both of Indiana’s senators voted Monday to cut off federal funding from Planned Parenthood. The vote came in the wake of a series of videos allegedly showing senior Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.
In his speech on the Senate floor, Republican Senator Dan Coats drew parallels between the vote on defunding Planned Parenthood and the effort in the British Parliament around the turn of the 19th century to outlaw slavery. He described Planned Parenthood’s practices, as described in the videos, as barbaric and inhuman.
And Coats says the debate isn’t about denying women access to health care – he notes that the bill takes the money allocated Planned Parenthood and gives it to other community clinics that don’t provide abortions.
“The question is, do we want taxpayer dollars to continue to support an organization that treats human body parts like a product on the shelves of a store?”
In a statement, Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly says he was deeply troubled by the videos and feels he can’t support federal funding for Planned Parenthood until knowing whether its clinics comply with federal and state laws… even though Indiana’s facilities don’t participate in tissue donation programs.
The legislation failed to garner enough votes to advance.