This Republican Senator Says She Will Oppose the Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 23, 2017   |   1:35PM   |   Washington, DC

A Republican U.S. Senator from Alaska plans to break from her party and vote against a bill to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood.

The Hill reports U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told her state’s legislature Wednesday that she will not support a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

“I, for one, do not believe that Planned Parenthood has any place in our deliberations on the Affordable Care Act,” Murkowski said. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides.”

The news is not a surprise. Murkowski has defended the abortion giant Planned Parenthood numerous times. In 2011, she stood up for the abortion group’s taxpayer funding even after undercover videos showed staff at Planned Parenthood assisting alleged sex traffickers in getting abortions and STD testing for the girls they victimize.

Then in 2015, Murkowski joined two other Senators to try to strip a Planned Parenthood defunding provision from a similar Senate bill, according to The Hill.

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Last year, Alaska Right to Life said of her voting record:

Murkowski is well known as being a pro-choice Republican, earning a 80% approval rating in 2014 from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Murkowski defends her support of Planned Parenthood, the organization that just last year was exposed in undercover videos showing their illegal sale of baby parts, by saying ” I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts…”

“Senator Murkowski should remember that there are other organizations out there whose sole mission is to assist women in need, especially those in unplanned pregnancies. These organizations don’t receive federal funding and they offer their services at no cost to their clients. Planned Parenthood is an abortion marketing machine and certainly doesn’t have the best interest of women at heart,” said Christopher Kurka, Alaska Right to Life’s Executive Director.

In January, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill to repeal Obamacare also would cut off taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. The bill also would redirect tax dollars to federally qualified community health centers to ensure people have access to quality health care.

A recent survey found that community health centers not only provide more comprehensive health care than Planned Parenthood, excluding abortions, they also outnumber the abortion group’s facilities by 20 to one.

The U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation in early January. The Senate approved on a party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.

President Donald Trump promised to sign a bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.

Action: Contact U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.