Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
has joined her pro-abortion colleagues in the U.S. Senate in voting to continue federal funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation and its affiliates.
The U.S. Senate voted last week on a proposal to place a one-year moratorium on federal taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood. Funds currently provided to Planned Parenthood would have beeen redirected to community health centers.
A motion to suspend debate and bring the bill to the floor for a vote gained 52 votes, eight votes short of the 60 votes needed for cloture.
Senator McCaskill voted to block consideration of the bill and keep taxpayer funds flowing to Planned Parenthood. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt voted in support of the measure to defund Planned Parenthood.
McCaskill defended her vote with the puzzling statement that eliminating taxpayer support to Planned Parenthood would "cut off the very way we avoid abortion in this country."
Senate leaders pressed for passage of the measure in the wake of sickening undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood workers callously marketing the baby body parts of aborted preborn children.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins chastised the Senate for its failure to put an end to over $550 million in annual subsidies to the nation's leading abortion provider.
"It is stunning and inexcusable that the United States Senate could not agree to redirect these tax dollars. Americans have been sickened by the allegations of criminal activity with Planned Parenthood's abortion practices."
"These serious criminal offenses may include violations of the federal ban on partial-birth abortions, and the killing of babies born alive. These allegations are so disturbing it behooves Congress to stop our hard-earned tax dollars from going to an organization steeped in scandal," Perkins added.
Last week the U.S. Senate also failed to pass a measure which would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks gestation, a point at which the procedure is widely believed to inflict intense pain on the preborn child.
The vote to take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was 54 to 42. However, 60 votes were needed to shut down a filibuster by pro-abortion senators.
Once again, Senator Claire McCaskill cast her vote with the abortion industry, while Senator Roy Blunt voted to protect the lives of unborn children in advanced stages of pregnancy.
"One of the most successful coverups in legal and social history has misled Americans into believing one of two things--either that abortion is not legal for any reason at any time in this country, or that this radical abortion regime is the norm around the world. Neither is true," said Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah during the debate.
"Today, the United States is one of only seven nations in the entire world to allow elective abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy," Hatch added. "Other members of that club include China and North Korea."
Senator Blunt offered some excellent remarks during the debate illustrating the viability of the preborn child in later stages of pregnancy. He shared several real-life stories, including that of a little boy named Carl who was born in Kansas City.
As Senator Blunt described it, Carl was so small that his mother Elene could put her wedding ring around his wrist when he was born at 24 weeks and 1 day of pregnancy. Yet Carl survived and welcomed his twin brother David into the world 39 days later.
"The overwhelming majority of Americans know that at this stage of pregnancy we are not talking about a clump of cells--we are talking about a baby," Blunt said. "A child with ten fingers and ten toes, a child with a beating heart, a child with unique fingerprints that nobody has ever had and nobody will ever have again."
"While the culture is embracing the value of theses lives [in the neonatal intensive care unit], down the road in Maryland a doctor says he will end a human life at 28 weeks. Can anyone on either side of this debate defend that?" Blunt concluded.
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We encourage you to contact Senator Blunt and Senator McCaskill to share your opinion of the votes they cast on behalf of the people of Missouri.
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