Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Conservative Republicans Favor Crippling Planned Parenthood To Avoid a Government Shutdown

Congressional Republicans are racing to avert a government shutdown next week when the budget year ends and a temporary funding bill is required to keep agencies operating.

But the once-routine job of passing a stopgap measure known as a continuing resolution has been drawn into a battle over Planned Parenthood and its involvement in the practice of procuring tissue from aborted fetuses for research purposes.

Some conservatives want to use the must-pass funding bill — and the threat of a government shutdown if it doesn’t pass — to try to take away taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million a year from the government for providing health services at almost 700 clinics across the country.

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