Abortion funding gums up health care bill


To pass Obamacare repeal, the bill needs support from 50 of the 52 Republicans in the Senate. But two pro-abortion Republicans are pushing to keep taxpayer funding of abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

The U.S. House passed a bill in May to defund the abortion group of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and repeal and replace Obamacare, but the U.S. Senate has yet to take action.

Politico reports a lot could hinge on U.S. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two Republicans who support the abortion chain. To pass, the bill would need 50 of the 52 votes from Senate Republicans, plus a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, a pro-life Republican.

The news outlet speculated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may consider taking the Planned Parenthood defunding section out of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but other Senate leaders said that will not happen.

“We have a strong pro-life majority in the Senate, and so it’s going to be in there,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told Politico.