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Women's health funding faces cuts in Montana

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 31 2013 09:29:05 AM MDT
helena capitol
HELENA, Mont. -

Critics are speaking out against a House-endorsed Montana budget that excludes Title X funding for family planning clinics, while Senate Democrats push for its reinstatement.
    
State representatives unanimously passed House Bill 2 without Title X funding with little dissent from either party.
    
Planned Parenthood Communications Manager Lindsay Love says the vote indicated a backdoor compromise that left a gaping hole in women's health care.
    
Republican Sen. Jason Priest, of Red Lodge, says Republicans are not against providing affordable women's health care, but argues Planned Parenthood is too political and provides abortion services.
    
Democratic Sen. David Wanzenreid, of Missoula, says he has received more than 800 emails demanding the funding be reinstated. He says Senate Democrats are currently writing amendments in an attempt to put the money back into the bill.