The Pence amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., bans Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives approved the amendment 240-185 after a debate that featured Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier recounting the story of receiving an abortion due to a complication with a pregnancy.
The vote is something of a coup for Pence. As Politico said earlier this week, "Abortion-rights advocates and abortion-rights opponents don't see eye to eye on much, but they do agree on this: Nobody hates Planned Parenthood quite as much as Mike Pence."
So what does this mean?
Probably nothing at the moment. According to NBC, it is doubtful that the amendment will succeed in the Democrat-led Senate.
According to Pence, Planned Parenthood receives $363 million per year from the U.S. government.
Pence and other House Republicans have said that the Pence amendment and other proposed legislation targeting federal funding for abortion would help alleviate the federal deficit, though that claim has angered abortion rights supporters.
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