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Mike Pence Just Took Deciding Vote On Future Of Women’s Healthcare

Mike Pence Just Took Deciding Vote On Future Of Women’s Healthcare

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The party of old white men has just have dealt yet another stunning blow to America’s already overworked and underfunded reproductive healthcare providers.

Religious extremist and anti-gay bigot Vice-President Mike Pence, who recently admitted that he won’t eat a meal with a woman who is not his wife, gave the tiebreaking vote to break a 50-50 Senate deadlock repealing President Obama’s rules that prevented states from withholding Title X funding from reproductive healthcare providers that provide abortions as part of their services.

To be entirely clear – the Title X funding is never used for abortions, even though it should. Instead, states can now withhold the money that would be used to provide contraception, STI screening, pap smears, and mammograms to clinics that also provide abortions.

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) hasn’t been to the chamber for a vote in weeks after back surgery, but made a special trip just to cast the tying vote to harm women’s healthcare access across the country.

Democratic Senators are livid about today’s vote because Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics will now be subject to frivolous rules and harassment from conservative state governments eager to push an agenda of Christian extremism on their populations.

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Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) took to Twitter to remind Republicans of how much good President Obama’s Title X funding does for the American people:

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Hawaii’s Senator Hirono noted that Republicans tend to make women’s health care decisions in a conference of white guys:

Other Senators were quick to pile on:

The reaction from upset women on Twitter has been swift and pointed, and as one pointed out, this vote seems like a poor way to celebrate the end Women’s History Month.

Shamefully, many Republican women voted for this fiasco, which as Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards pointed out, will only “make it harder for women to get birth control & lifesaving cancer screenings.”

America’s women deserve equal access to healthcare, without political interference by a bunch of old white guys in the GOP telling them what to do with their bodies.

The National Women’s Law Center described VP Pence’s vote better than anyone:

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