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U.S. House Defunds Planned Parenthood, Battle Now Moves to Senate

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist

By a vote of 240-185, the U.S. House approved an amendment on Friday that cuts off all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The amendment, which is part of a measure to fund all government agencies through September 2011, now moves to the Senate where a decision will have to be made before March 4 in order to avoid a government shutdown.

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Bishop Confronts Catholic Senator Who Voted Against Life

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A Pennsylvania Senator who refers to himself as “pro-life” received a stern letter from his bishop after he voted against an amendment that would have reinstated the Mexico City Policy, a law forbidding the use of taxpayer funds for overseas abortions that was overturned by executive order of President Barack Obama.

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Taxpayer Supported Pro-Abortion Group Praises Demise of Family

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A representative of one of the group’s that will now receive taxpayer money from U.S. citizens to fund overseas abortions has publicly stated that the breakdown of traditional families is not a crisis but a “triumph for human rights.”

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President Obama Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Promote Abortion Overseas

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer As expected, President Barack Obama rescinded the "Mexico City Policy", a policy which blocked funding for international organizations that practiced or promoted abortion worldwide, prompting swift reaction from the worldwide community.

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Human Life Already in Obama’s Crosshairs

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Upon taking office in January, President-elect Barack Obama is planning to immediately overturn two executive orders put in place by President Bush that prohibit taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research and groups that perform or promote abortion in other countries.

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