House Republicans vote to strip Planned Parenthood funds

A closed Planned Parenthood facility is seen in WestminsterBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans voted to deny funds to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood for a year on Friday but the action did little to quell party desires to use a spending bill as leverage in their fight to punish the group in an abortion controversy. Congress adjourned for the weekend with an Oct. 1 government shutdown deadline fast approaching and no clear plan from Republican leaders for extending funding for federal agencies. Many conservative Republicans had called for the stop-gap spending measure to deny funding to Planned Parenthood, but others in the party, aware of Democratic opposition, had said this would increase the likelihood of a second government shutdown in two years.

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