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Congress scuttles bill on fertility treatment for troops, vets

Congress scuttles bill on fertility treatment for troops, vets

The hopes of veterans who need help starting a family as a result of injuries sustained in combat were dashed Wednesday when Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., pulled a bill that would have allowed the Veterans Affairs Department to fund fertility treatments.

Murray had planned to present her legislation to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon but pulled it after Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., added amendments that, among other things, questioned the funding for the initiative and would have prohibited the VA from working with Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide fertility and abortion services.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been under fire since the release of a video July 15 by the activist group Center for Medical Progress showing a doctor discussing the sale of tissues from aborted fetuses, as well as the process used to obtain intact tissue samples.

Murray called the amendments a “partisan attack on women’s health,” and said her bill, which passed the Senate in 2012 but failed in the House over funding concerns, would have ensured that the nation is doing “everything we can to support veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

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