"I think what was produced there in terms of what Planned Parenthood was engaged in, relative to this harvesting of body parts, was so shocking and so unnecessary to be funded by the taxpayer when an alternative exists to provide for women's care through community health centers," Coats said. "I just don't think it's right for the taxpayer to have to fund something of this nature. I think it's a barbaric practice." "I was shocked, I think everyone was shocked when we saw these practices taking place," Coats said.Sen. Coats apparently forgets that he voted not once but twice in the early 1990s to lift the ban on federally-funded research on fetal tissue imposed by the Reagan administration in 1988. Indiana's other senator at the time, Richard Lugar, also voted to lift the ban. In fact, only a handful of conservative Republican senators voted at the time against lifting the ban. The legislation supported by Coats read, in part:
Human fetal tissue may be used in research carried out under paragraph (1) regardless of whether the tissue is obtained pursuant to a spontaneous or induced abortion or pursuant to a stillbirth.UPDATE: So the Senate vote led by Coats today to defund Planned Parenthood failed on a 53-46 vote. Sixty votes were required for approval. Indiana's Sen. Joe Donnelly was one of just two Democrats to side with Republicans. The other Democratic vote was West Virginia's Joe Manchin. Illinois' Mark Kirk was the only real Republican vote against it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cast a no vote in order to reserve the right to request another vote on the proposal. You can bet Donnelly would have never cast that vote if his vote had been decisive. The lefties will ascribe the worst of motives to Coats' vote while giving a complete pass to Donnelly. Donnelly said he was voting no until he was assured Planned Parenthood countries were complying with the law as Indiana's clinics claimed to be.