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July 29, 2015

GOP Senators Plan Vote to Bar Funding for Planned Parenthood

Republican leaders said Tuesday that the Senate will vote before its August recess on a proposal to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports. The move came as the anti-abortion activist group Center for Medical Progress issued a third secretly recorded video of officials with the women's health nonprofit discussing the use of tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research.

The undercover videos have renewed calls by conservatives and abortion foes to terminate federal aid to Planned Parenthood, which by law cannot use such funding for abortions. The organization says its federal support covers contraceptive care, cancer screenings, and other health services. Democrats predict that the GOP, which holds 54 Senate seats, will not be able to get the 60 votes necessary to bring the defunding measure to the floor.

The Center for Medical Progress claims its videos show that Planned Parenthood is illicitly profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has strongly defended its tissue program, saying the group  donates fetal organs for medical science and receives payment from researchers only to recoup its costs, which is legal.