“Senate Republicans Try to Defund Planned Parenthood in Health Care Bill Gamble” -Newsweek

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Summary: ” In a draft released Thursday morning, GOP leaders included language that would bar states from channeling federal Medicaid funding to any health care provider that provides abortions (unless the procedure is required to protect the health of the mother, or she’s a victim of rape or incest). But social conservatives have been pushing, for years to cut the organization off of from all federal funding, arguing the general public money the group receives to cover things care for cervical, and breast cancer screenings and STD tests frees it to utilize other sources of income to promote abortion services. Daily Emails, and Alerts- Get the optimal ever of Newsweek delivered to your inbox But the bigger problem Senate Republicans might face by including the Planned Parenthood language is a procedural one: The provision may run afoul of Senate rules. A senior Republican Senate aide conceded Thursday that the authors of the bill are unsure if the Planned Parenthood provision will pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian, a nonpartisan official who has the power to deny the majority’s bid to give consideration to the rules under reconciliation.”

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