The votes may be over, but it is an issue that will continue to generate controversy and attention. The House voted 241-185 to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion provider.
Unfortunately, the legislation was voted down in the Senate. With a vote of 58-42, the Senate agreed to allow the federal funding to proceed - despite the fact that roughly two out of three Americans disapprove of taxpayer funding for abortion.
Its a vote that many U.S. Senators will have to answer for. A vote to allow more than $350 million in taxpayer funds to flow to Planned Parenthood - the largest abortion provider in the world.
The Senate vote represents a disappointing outcome, but whats even more disappointing is the fact the several Senators claiming to be pro-life voted in favor of the funding.
Senators Bob Casey (PA), Joe Manchin (WV) and Ben Nelson (NE) have all been elected telling voters that they are pro-life, and yet each has now found a way to justify their support for funding Planned Parenthood. Its a position that defies logic at best, and simply does not reflect the facts. By funding Planned Parenthood and providing one million dollars a day in federal taxpayer funds, money is freed up clearing the way for the abortion provider to take the lives of more than 300,000 babies a year.
In total, there are 58 Senators (including five Republicans) who voted to support Planned Parenthood, and you can view the entire vote list here.
While there is no good way to justify supporting Planned Parenthood, those who have done so while telling their constituents they are pro-life have committed an especially grave violation of trust. Actions always speak louder than words, and this weeks vote demonstrated that as clearly as can be.