The Senate voted Thursday to preserve fast-track budget language that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year as punishment for its abortion practice, part of a marathon session of votes on a bill that most notably repeals Obamacare.
Republicans beat back the nonbinding amendment, 52-48, that would have restored funding for the organization.
A trio of centrist Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — authored the provision, bucking their party’s intent to yank federal funding from the organization in the wake of undercover videos that appeared showed officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts.
Ms. Collins said she feared that women who rely on Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services would lose the health care provider of their choice.