In almost a strict party-line vote, Senate Democrats this afternoon defeated a Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The final tally was 53-46. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for the bill, and Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois voted against it. 60 votes were needed for passage.
The original sponsor of the bill was freshman senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who first made national headlines during her campaign by discussing that she knows how to castrate pigs.
The bill was pushed forward after several weeks of right wing lies surrounding several likely-illegally recorded videos by an anti-abortion group that falsely claims Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of parts of aborted fetuses.