US House passes anti-abortion bills as shutdown looms

People hold signs protesting against Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill, on September 16, 2015 in Washington, DCThe Republican-led US House of Representatives passed two anti-abortion measures Friday, highlighting intense efforts to inject the controversial issue into a spending debate two weeks before a potential government shutdown. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest women’s health care services provider, for a year while Congress conducts investigations on the organization. It has been mired in controversy since secretly recorded video surfaced showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.

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