Following the recently released video that allegedly shows a Planned Parenthood physician attempting to illegally sell fetal tissue from abortions, the Senate has fast-tracked a bill to defund the organization.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky completed a process that would allow legislation to defund Planned Parenthood to skip over the process of being evaluated in committees - meaning it would go directly to the Senate floor for a vote, The Hill reported.
Several Republican senators, including presidential candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, hope to attach a provision defunding Planned Parenthood to a long-term highway funding bill, but McConnell has blocked any amendments from being added to the legislation.
Cruz claimed McConnell was trying to avoid a senate vote on Planned Parenthood. "There are a host of amendments that the American people are focused on, things like defunding Planned Parenthood after the gruesome video,” Cruz said at the time. “The majority leader doesn't want to vote on that. That's actually something the American people are focused on.”
The video, which was allegedly filmed by an undercover member of Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group, has been slammed as a misleading smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, which provides medical services other than pregnancy termination.
"These tapes have been edited and they've tried to entrap doctors to say things," Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said on ABC's "This Week." "I stand behind the healthcare that we provide at Planned Parenthood. Women trust Planned Parenthood.”
Planned Parenthood receives $500 million annually from the federal government, the Los Angeles Times reported.