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House OKs Republican bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

7 years 4 months 1 week ago Friday, September 18 2015 Sep 18, 2015 September 18, 2015 12:26 PM September 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrew Fram and Andrew Taylor

WASHINGTON - A divided House has voted to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funds for a year as Republicans expressed outrage over abortion and the organization's procurement of fetal tissue for research.

The House approved the measure Friday by a nearly party-line 241-187 vote.

The bill has little chance of enactment. Senate Democrats have enough votes to block it, and it faces a veto threat from President Barack Obama. 

Republicans want to move against Planned Parenthood after organization officials were secretly recorded describing how they obtain fetal tissue. Those videos have helped mushroom the longtime fight over abortion into a prominent issue for next year's elections. 

Abortion opponents say the tapes show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from tissue sales. Planned Parenthood says it's acted legally and says the tapes were deceptively edited.

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