Sen. Donnelly explains vote to defund Planned Parenthood in interview with CBS4

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 10, 2015) -- One week after his controversial vote to defund Planned Parenthood, bucking party leadership and President Obama,  Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said he was standing up for Hoosiers, in an interview Monday with CBS4.

Donnelly was just one of two Democrats to side with Republicans last week, supporting a measure to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood in the wake of undercover videos showing top executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue.

"I was concerned that all of the monies would be spent in the right way," Donnelly said. "Indiana, our Planned Parenthood is running it in the right way, that they were investigated and came through with no problems at all. We have concerns about other parts of the country, and so my job is to stand up for all Hoosiers and for everybody around the country. And i want to make sure we get that right first."

Because of his vote, Kathy Davis, Donnelly's campaign treasurer, resigned.

Leading up to the vote, Planned Parenthood targeted several moderate Democrats including Donnelly. The group released a TV ad Friday in Indiana, pressuring him to support continued funding.

"I have an obligation to do what I think is right for the people of Indiana," he said. "I don't worry about Democrat or Republican. I worry about how is this going to make life better in Indiana, or how is this going to make sure we do the right thing for the people of Indiana, and that's what I tried to do."

The measure failed a procedural vote in the Senate.

Republicans are planning to try again this fall.

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