Just days before Monday’s explosive leak revealing that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v Wade, Senate Republicans failed to secure the votes needed to pass a mostly symbolic formal condemnation of the Biden administration’s federal funding of abortion.
Last year, the new administration formally rescinded a Trump-era ban on Title X funding for facilities that provided abortion, such as Planned Parenthood.
LifeSiteNews noted that this was one of President Donald Trump’s most significant victories on abortion, which he vowed to work against during his 2016 election. Trump also made history as the first president to speak at the March for Life in Washington D.C.
Spearheaded by Republican Senator Marco Rubio (FL), the GOP forced a joint resolution which would formally disapprove of the Biden administration’s restoration of Title X funding for abortion facilities.
Unfortunately, the Republicans were unable to garner the votes necessary to pass the resolution; despite moderate Democrat Joe Manchin (VA) siding with them against the Biden abortion funding rule, pro-abortion Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted with the Democrats.
The resolution failed with a 49-49 vote.
“President Biden’s rule is an assault on the most sacred and fundamental human right, the right to life,” Rubio said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “It is disgraceful that Democrats voted to use tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to promote abortion instead of reinstating commonsense safeguards that protect life and ensure families have the resources they need to thrive. I will never stop advocating for the unborn.”
President Donald Trump’s Protect Life Rule called for “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning” and also banned “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.”
After it was put in place, it reduced Planned Parenthood’s annual funding by almost $60 million.
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