Bangor Daily News: Collins, King vote against Senate bid to defund Planned Parenthood

From BDN’s State & Capitol. Read full article here.

On Thursday, Nicole Clegg, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s vice president of public policy, said in a statement that the group is “grateful to both Senator Collins and Senator King for opposing this latest effort to undermine access to essential care.”

The U.S. Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a symbolic effort Thursday, but Republicans didn’t get any help from Maine’s two senators.

Sen. Susan Collins was one of two Republicans to vote against it, saying in a statement that she has “consistently opposed eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood” and doing so would mean “depriving millions of women of access to basic healthcare and forcing them to give up the health provider of their choice.”

Congressional Republicans have put the organization under a spotlight since the summer over its use of aborted fetuses for medical research, a long-standing practice that has led to the development of vaccines and other treatments.

It drew attention after an anti-abortion group published videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing prices for fetal tissue. Activists have said that means the group could be illegally profiting from the sale, but experts have said that’s unlikely and Planned Parenthood has said the videos were deceptively edited.

Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent, called Republicans’ move on Thursday part of an “unfounded yet relentless assault on Planned Parenthood” and “another example of misguided outrage that would only hurt those who need help the most.”

The bill, which also would repeal key pieces of the Affordable Care Act, faces a certain veto from President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

On Thursday, Nicole Clegg, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s vice president of public policy, said in a statement that the group is “grateful to both Senator Collins and Senator King for opposing this latest effort to undermine access to essential care.”

“Maine women, men and young people should be able to receive the care they need from a provider they trust,” she said. “Sadly, Senators Collins’ and King’s commitment to women’s health was not the prevailing view tonight.”

 

 

 

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