U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) strongly opposes a bill to bar federal funding from Planned Parenthood. A Senate vote to bring the bill up for debate fell short Monday.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)

McCaskill told MSNBC that taking away funding for birth control will increase abortions.

“We all want to prevent abortions. How in the world do we prevent abortions by taking away money for birth control from millions of women across this country?” asked McCaskill. “Investigate them (Planned Parenthood) and make sure they haven’t broken the law. Don’t give them tax money for abortions but don’t cut off the very way that we avoid abortions in this country.”

“None of this money is used for abortions. It’s for birth control, cancer screenings and sexually transmitted diseases,” said McCaskill.

Planned Parenthood has been under scrutiny for videos that have surfaced alleging the organization profits from the sale of fetal organs. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) co-sponsored the measure.