The Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood was stillborn Monday, as Republicans failed to rally enough votes to overcome a filibuster by Democrats.
In a great show of political theater, with no hope of becoming law, the GOP managed to attract only two Democrats, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Knowing the bill had no chance for a floor vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against the measure so that under Senate rules he can bring it up again at a later time.
With all the video evidence released, full and unedited, of Planned Parenthood officials glibly discussing aborted baby parts and fee structures with undercover journalists from the Center for Medical Progress, conservatives are gobsmacked and dismayed at Senate Democrats, who have “blood on their hands” after a shameful act of sheer denial.
@AlanGrayson The unedited version was released as well. Have you seen it?
— Brian A Petersen (@brianadamp) August 3, 2015
— Julie Roys (@reachjulieroys) August 3, 2015
Democrats Who Blocked Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Admit They Haven’t Watched Undercover Videos http://t.co/47POtcvzEA
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) August 4, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz has criticized McConnell for not doing more to defund Planned Parenthood when the Senate had the opportunity to attach an amendment to a “must pass” highway funding bill in July.
“I believe in the power of truth, and what I intend to do is continue serving 27 million Texans and standing up and speaking the truth,” Cruz said on July 24 from the floor of the Senate. “The truth is, had the majority leader not opposed us we could have had a binding vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 3, 2015
Harry Reid crowed with satisfaction that his job was made so easy.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) August 3, 2015
To the horror of many who have actually seen the videos.
.@SenatorReid “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, & I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) August 3, 2015
— Fer (@grillo_23) August 3, 2015
— Chloecat (@Chloecat317) August 4, 2015
— RussComments (@RussComments) August 3, 2015
A few Republican presidential candidates added their disgust.
The decision in the Senate to continue financing #PlannedParenthood butchers w/ taxpayer $$ is salt in a sick, grotesque wound.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 4, 2015
Planned Parenthood should never receive another dime from American taxpayers. Click here if you agree! https://t.co/KYeqVWmdeS
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 3, 2015
While Sen. Rand Paul, one of the most vocal leaders of the effort to defund Planned Parenthood, made a plea for funding.
Voting to defund Planned Parenthood now, please chip in to help me continue fighting the Washington Machine. https://t.co/du5nmyJN3K
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 3, 2015
And a few conservatives simply expressed shame at our elected officials for such a moral failure.
I am embarassed that only 53 Senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Shame upon the 47, particularly Cory Booker, the fake
— Fred S (@ChefFabrizio) August 4, 2015
Shame, shame, shame on those who voted against defunding Planned Parenthood today. They have blood on their hands.
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) August 4, 2015