A Republican drive to take away federal tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health services provider, has been blocked in the U.S. Senate -- for now.
Anti-abortion activists have been in an uproar after the conservative Center for Medical Progress released under videos showing agency officials, including one with a wine glass in hand, talking bluntly about the harvesting and pricing of aborted fetus organs.
A vote to advance the GOP demand to take away the $500 million the government gives the group went nowhere fast Monday. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber. It received 53 votes, with 46 senators opposing it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed the GOP for the legislation, calling it just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated right-wing attack on women's rights."
"I'm sick and tired of it," she said. "Women everywhere are sick and tired of it. The American people are sick and tired of it."
"I want to say to my Republican colleagues, the year is 2015, not 1955 and not 1895," Warren added.
That fetal tissue is used in medical research is not. Stem cells taken from aborted fetuses are considered by some scientists to developing cures for several conditions and diseases, including ALS.
The push to punish the group is expected to come up again this fall after the Congressional summer recess. It's also become an issue in the GOP presidential primary.