The U.S. House voted on Friday to strip away 500 million dollars in family planning funds for Planned Parenthood. The 241-187 vote fell almost on straight party lines with Republicans voting 239-3 for defunding, while Democrats voted 184-2 not to strip the organization from 500 million dollars used to provide health care and contraceptive services to mostly low-income women. No federal funding is allocated for abortion services, even though Republican lawmakers often like to link the funding to the abortion debate.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.