The government avoided a shutdown Friday when it reached a budget compromise. The proposed budget agreement for the current fiscal year, which ends in September, will be voted on this week. One of the highly debated topics in the budget was the issue of federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Republicans in the House introduced an amendment that would cut all federal funding Planned Parenthood receives through Title X, a program that provides grants for family planning services. It is illegal to use the federal funds for abortions.
Planned Parenthood launched a campaign for people to sign a letter to Congress protesting proposed cuts and received support from celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson.
As part of the compromise, President Barack Obama agreed to a ban preventing Washington from spending funds to subsidize abortion services. He refused to compromise on the issue of funding for Planned Parenthood, and the proposed budget leaves funding intact.
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