The following comes from a December 3 Catholic News Agency article:

The United States Senate voted Thursday to pass a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, though the White House has said President Obama will veto the legislation.

The defunding of the abortion provider is part of a proposed bill that would partially dismantle President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care legislation.

The vote of 52-47 was largely party line. Two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted against the bill.

While the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to send the bill to Obama, backers of the bill do not have the votes to override a veto.

Knowing that Obama will veto the bill, one of its supporters, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) maintained that its “value is to let him know — the president — and others that there’s a big division in this country, and a lot of us don’t like it, and the American people don’t like it,” according to NPR.