Early Monday evening, the U.S. Senate will vote on S. 1881, to prohibit taxpayer funding of big biz abortion Planned Parenthood.

From Life News:

While most members of the Senate are strongly pro-life and support yanking taxpayer funding from the nation’s largest abortion business, there are seven members of the Senate — three Republicans and four Democrats — who are considered the most likely to support de-funding Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, some of them have already announced publicly they intend to back funding for Planned Parenthood despite the fact the abortion company sells the body parts of aborted babies.

Here are the seven senators who need to hear from you in the next 24 hours. If you live in their states, it’s time to pick up the phone and call now to ure them to vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood.


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

Friends… if you live in these states get on the phone.  If you don’t live in these states, get on the phone to your own Senators’ offices.  Be heard.

How to contact your Senator HERE


From FNC:

The Senate failed Monday to advance a Republican-led measure to halt federal aid to Planned Parenthood, but leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber appear ready to continue the fight, galvanized by a series of unsettling videos about the group.

The vote to bring debate on the bill was 53 against to 46 in favor.

The measure had not been expected to get the 60 votes needed to move it toward a final vote because Republicans needed several “yeas” from Democrats, who largely support Planned Parenthood.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was among the Democrats who voted to defund the group. Manchin, whose state has increasingly become more Republican leaning, was undecided until a few hours before the vote.

“I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in (the) recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion,” he said before voting. “Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization.”

New York Sen. Joe Donnelly was the only other Democrat to vote yes. The only Republicans to vote no were Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He voted no so he could again bring up the measure.

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  1. Mary Jane says:

    I don’t live in these states, but I will be calling my own senators this afternoon to confirm their support for the bill…and to ask that they put any pressure they can on the wavering (or unsupportive) senators.

  2. chantgirl says:

    Republicans in the Senate need to understand that sometimes their pro-life credentials are the only reasons some of us vote for them. If they don’t put their money where their mouths are, many conservatives will never vote for them again.

  3. Mike says:

    Contact your Senators even if you don’t live in these states. They need to know — especially if they are Catholic and boast about it — that you expect them to vote with an informed conscience.

    Everyone can courageously do the right thing and do their part to end the culture of death. Or they can continue to look away. About that we can do nothing. What we can and must do is to make sure, insofar as we can, that no one can say they didn’t know.

  4. ctln says:

    Thank you Father! Although I live in TX now, I’m from PA and I sent this to my prayer chain to get people calling!

  5. seashoreknits says:

    Thanks for this reminder, Father.
    Don’t live in one of those states, but my state senator is co-sponsoring the bill to defund, so I sent an email with kudos, support and prayers.

  6. PA mom says:


    Now will pray.

  7. yatzer says:

    I do live in one of those states. Yesterday when I called I got a voicemail saying the voice mailbox was filled. I tried again and was able to leave a message, which I hope got to him in time. I’ve also gone the email route.

  8. wanda says:


  9. benedetta says:

    Our Senators and all legislators need to be reminded that PP dismembers and disembowels living babies to the tune of taxpayer ca ching of half a b-b-b-b-billion. That’s five hundred mill the rest of us below the 1% will NEVER SEE devoted to torture and death. If PP has such a winning moral imperative let Soros and all these other good time foundations which are bigoted against all sorts of citizens go and fund their eugenic and macabre activities. What people need right now are jobs, decent wages, a lowered cost of living for basic necessities, not more tens of millions of deaths of real people, real Americans.

  10. benedetta says:

    Tune in now here to listen to some excellent oration on the Senate floor:

  11. benedetta says:

    Just as I posted the above, the more eloquent oration concluded and Senator Boxer D-CA came on and immediately launched into a diatribe about “men” and not being able to discuss matters about premie babies with “men”. Which was odd. Obviously the very macabre practice of disemboweling infants in the womb for sale and in violation of health regulations has zero to do with discussing bad old sexism and everything to do with what is worth saving.

  12. Laura R. says:

    Have just e-mailed both my senators; hope it’s not too late for the vote, but I suspect they will go against Planned Parenthood anyway.

  13. Michelle F says:

    Thank you for the heads-up on this. One of my senators is listed above. I found out about this too late to contact him before the vote, but he voted the right way, so I sent him a thank-you note and asked him to continue supporting pro-life legislation.

  14. markomalley says:

    Of course, we know by now that the vote failed.

    Out of the 7 Father recommended, here’s the tally on how they voted. This was a cloture vote (a vote to stop debate), so a “yea” meant to cut off debate and go to a vote:

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) YEA
    Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME) YEA
    Sen. Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) YEA
    Sen. Joe Manchin III, (D-WV) YEA

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) NAY
    Sen. Bob Casey, (D-PA) NAY
    Sen. Mark Kirk, (R-IL) NAY

    In addition, if anybody’s interested, Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted NAY and Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not vote one way or the other.

  15. maskaggs says:

    While very disappointed 1881 did not go to a vote, I am happy to see that the senator from my fair state – Joe Donnelly (D), voted yea. I will call tomorrow to express my gratitude for his having done so.

  16. David Collins says:

    There is no political solution to a cultural problem.

    The Republicans don’t care. Have you forgotten? After the 2000 elections, the Republicans controlled both the House, the Senate, and the White House for six years. Not once did they defund Planned Parenthood or pass any measure restricting/outlawing abortion.

  17. Northern Ox says:

    For what it’s worth, I think the vote was 53-46 in favor, but a 3/5 majority (typically 60 votes) was needed.

    Also, I’m guessing that Sen. McConnell’s “Nay” vote was a procedural maneuver. I think that by being on the “winning” side of the vote, he can later move for reconsideration of the issue. His statements all seem to have been supportive of defunding PP.

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