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Lawmakers pass budget targeting Nebraska abortion providers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have passed a controversial budget bill that could deny federal funding to Nebraska’s Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

The measure passed 38-6 Tuesday and will need to be signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who introduced the family-planning measure into the budget.

The bill would prevent health clinics from receiving Title X federal funding if they perform, counsel in favor of or refer patients to abortion services. Clinics would need to show physical, financial and legal separation from abortion services.

Opponents say the measure unfairly targets Planned Parenthood and attempts to regulate family planning do not belong in the budget.

Supporters say it will ensure tax money is not going toward abortions.

The measure has been heavily debated throughout the session and failed to advance twice.

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