U.S. Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonBy Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning a vote in coming days on Republican legislation halting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, following the release of secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. “The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue and intends to have a vote before we leave” for a five-week summer recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas. Republican Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prohibit any federal funds for Planned Parenthood, which provides screening, contraception services and abortions at clinics nationally.

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