Federal law bars Planned Parenthood from using tax dollars for abortion. In 1976, three years after the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment which bars the use of taxpayer funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
It annually is attached to the congressional spending bills.
But Republicans argue that often all the money ends up in the same account for the organizations.
"Come on," Jordan said, "Money is fungible. ... It's just common sense. We think that taxpayers understand this, particularly at a point in history when the country is broke."
No matter what the outcome, the fight over federal money for Planned Parenthood will continue. Once Congress resolves the budget for the current fiscal year, it must decide on spending for the next budget.
"We have a long history of pro-life protection being part of an appropriation debate," Jordan said.
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