UPDATE: The debate is going on right now and is being streamed live on C-SPAN. You can watch it here.
Sign the petition to defund Planned Parenthood here
Today the U.S. Senate is set to vote on a bill, S.B. 1881, to completely defund Planned Parenthood.
Today’s bill to defund Planned Parenthood will not strip federal healthcare funds from women in need. Instead, the plan is for the money to be reallocated to Federally Qualified Health Centers and other similar healthcare providers. Because there are many more FQHCs than Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation, women’s access to true healthcare will actually increase. (There are approximately 9,000 health centers that serve women, but do not perform abortions.) Low-income, minority, and undeserved women will be taken care of by this bill.
There are seven senators who need to hear from Americans, before today’s vote.
Especially if you live in Alaska, Illinois, Maine, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia, please make a phone call now. Call on these senators to defund Planned Parenthood tonight.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) 202-224-6665
Sen. Mark Kirk, (R-IL) 202-224-2854
Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME) 202-224-2523
Sen. Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) 202-224-4814
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) 202-224-2043
Sen. Bob Casey, (D-PA) 202-224-6324
Sen. Joe Manchin III, (D-WV) 202-224-3954
Read the rest here