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U.S. House Bill Would Restrict D.C. From Funding Abortions

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Abortion rights groups and D.C. officials are trying to beat back an attempt by Republicans to restrict abortions in the District.

House Republicans have attached what's called a policy rider to a spending bill that would restrict the District's ability to provide abortions to low-income women. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton says the bill tramples on the rights of D.C. residents. She says every time Republicans control a branch of Congress this fight pops up.

"During those periods, this one rider tends to come back on our appropriation," she says. "We simply have to re-double our efforts. We got it off once, we can get it off again, and we're gaining more and more support as people see the convergence of local control and reproductive choice."

Abortion rights advocates across the U.S. are lobbying against the Republican-led effort, which Holmes Norton says is helping D.C. officials raise awareness about this ongoing battle.

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

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