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Planned Parenthood supporters rally at Nebraska Capitol

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Advocates for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland are looking for ways to stop a Nebraska budget proposal that could deny federal family-planning money to the organization.

More than 80 people rallied outside the Nebraska Capitol on Thursday to support the organization after lawmakers advanced a budget measure aimed at abortion providers.

The proposal from Gov. Pete Ricketts would prevent health clinics from getting federal Title X dollars unless they can show total separation from abortion providers. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a major recipient of Title X dollars, which are used for non-abortion services such as contraception, annual exams and sexually transmitted disease screenings.

Supporters say the bill would ensure Nebraska doesn’t jeopardize its federal funding. Opponents say it’s a politically motivated attack, and they may file a lawsuit.

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