House Blocks Funding for Abortion Training

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Legislation meant to ensure government funds are not used to pay for abortion training at federally funded health centers has passed in the House, Wednesday.

Lawmakers voted 234-182 in favor of the Foxx Amendment. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said the measure makes it "crystal clear" taxpayer dollars won't be used to train medical professionals on how to perform abortions.

"Congress must restore responsibility and accountability to government spending and that includes speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves," she said.

Some Democrats argued that the legislation would prevent medical residents from learning a basic procedure in women's health care.

The Foxx Amendment is one of several GOP bills meant to restrict funding for President Barack Obama health care law.

The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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