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updated 7:15 AM PST, Feb 10, 2016

Congress begins hearings to defund Planned Parenthood

USA TODAY: Congress Republicans are looking to strip federal funding for the women's advocacy organization.

USA TODAY: Congress Republicans are looking to strip federal funding for the women's advocacy organization.

The hearing in the House Judiciary Committee — titled "Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider" — is the first of several hearings expected this fall as three House committees pursue investigations on Planned Parenthood.

But beyond the specific techniques under scrutiny, the hearing became an opportunity to air a broader agenda of reducing abortions generally. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., opened the hearing with a call for Congress to pass legislation to bar all abortions after five months of gestation, which would "help ensure that the body parts of late-aborted babies cannot be sold because late-term abortions would be generally prohibited."

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Jacob Palmer

Jacob Palmer is the former digital news editor for Oregon Business.

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