U.S. Senate Votes to Overturn Obama Regulatory Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 on House Joint Resolution (H.J.Res.) 43, with a tie-breaking vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence. This measure overturns a rule from the end of the Obama presidency, which prohibited states from defunding abortion providers of taxpayer dollars.
Democratic senator, Joe Donnelly, sided with his party in voting against the measure. Republican senator, Todd Young, joined 49 other Republicans and Pence to approve the measure.
“Sen. Joe Donnelly has failed Hoosiers who believe taxpayers should not be propping up the abortion industry,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood must be thrilled to have an ally in Sen. Donnelly. Donnelly’s actions today clearly demonstrate his allegiance is to those who profit off ending women’s pregnancies – not to hardworking Hoosier taxpayers.
“We extend our thanks to Sen. Young and Vice President Pence for recognizing that the government should not force states to direct tax dollars to businesses that end lives through abortion.”
Earlier today, Pence was also on the U.S. Senate floor to be the tie-breaker on a procedural vote for H.J.Res. 43.
The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives in February with the support of pro-life Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-2), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).