Divided Republicans and the Politics of Abortion

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There won't be a government shutdown this week, but there may only have been a postponement — as the fight continues over Planned Parenthood. At a hearing today, the group's president said, "Deceptively edited videos" are being used to support "outrageous accusations" about abortion and fetal tissue. Republicans insisted the organization does "bad things" with federal money, while Democrats renewed their charge of a "war against women." With GOP leaders under siege in both houses, the business of government could again become hostage to politics — possibly before the end of this year.




Warren Olney