House votes to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood

By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey
Saturday, February 19, 2011; A03

The Republican-led House approved an amendment Friday that would prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The measure, which passed the House 240 to 185, blocks Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any of its activities. The organization already is banned from using federal funds to perform most abortions.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of abortions and a longtime target of abortion foes.

Through the evening, the House continued to go over hundreds of amendments to the spending bill to fund the government through Sept. 30. The bill makes more than $60 billion in cuts for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year. A final vote on the measure was possible late Friday.

The spending bill must also be passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and signed by President Obama. Failure to enact a bill by March 4, when the current funding expires, could lead to a federal shutdown.

- Tribune Washington Bureau

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