A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York

Conservatives firm on Planned Parenthood as shutdown looms

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkBy Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a possible U.S. government shutdown loomed, the leader of the House of Representatives’ most conservative Republicans vowed on Monday to oppose any stop-gap funding bill that keeps federal money flowing to Planned Parenthood. In a showdown that threatens to jolt financial markets and the economy, Republican leaders were struggling to craft a government funding extension that meets anti-abortion conservatives’ demands to cut off the women’s healthcare group. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has yet to articulate a plan.

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