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House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

The House voted to block Planned Parenthood's federal funding for a year. This comes after conservatives threatened a government shutdown over the organization.

Planned Parenthood has long been a hotly debated issue among politicians and the current candidates for the White House are no exception. During the recent GOP debate, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie all took aim.

The Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which was divided along party lines at 241 – 187, stipulates that its government funds would be diverted to community health centers while committees investigate allegations of misconduct. Much of this has been fueled by videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood workers trying to sell aborted fetuses for medical research.

"In the face of these videos, with all the alternatives women have for health, why would you want to force your constituents to pay for something so evil?" said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California.

Countered Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, "Some of their members are willing to risk women's lives just to score political points. Enough is enough."

However, what has gotten lost in the back and forth are all the other benefits that Planned Parenthood provides communities. Both men and women, young and old have relied on the organization for cancer screening, birth control and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

The House also passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would allow criminal charges for any doctor who doesn't try to save infants born alive during abortions. However, Senate democrats have enough votes to block both and the White House has promised to veto them.

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