(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives passed a measure Friday to end federal funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood a day after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., brought the chamber to stunned silence after describing her own personal experience with abortion.
On Friday afternoon, the House passed the amendment by a vote of 240-185. The House must still vote for final passage on the underlying spending bill before the cuts head to the Senate for a possible vote later this month.
The measure would eliminate cutting about $330 million through the end of September for preventative-health services, including federal funding for contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.
Planned Parenthood is already prevented by federal law from using federal dollars for abortion services. The amendment takes away the money they use to provide for family planning, birth control, medical and preventive services.
Speier took to the House floor to respond to comments made by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., against abortion funding.
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