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Crucial Pro-Life Vote in Senate on Thursday

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In order to win concessions from the Democrats on budget cuts, House Speaker John Boehner agreed to remove a rider that would strip Planned Parenthood of all taxpayer funds, but on one condition - that the U.S. Senate be permitted to vote on the rider in spite of Majority Leader Harry Reid's promise to never allow such a vote to take place. This historic vote has been scheduled for Thursday.

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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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Lawmaker Delivers Impassioned Speech on House Floor in Defense of Life

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) delivered an impassioned and hard-hitting speech on floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last night in which he outlined all of the reasons why Planned Parenthood does not deserve taxpayer funding and why his colleagues should vote in favor of the Pence Amendment, which will strip the organization of all federal funds.

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