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A Planned Parenthood location in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The fight over Planned Parenthood and abortion, is taking center stage in Washington Friday.

The House has passed two bills. One blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year; the other strengthens criminal penalties for doctors who don't try to save babies that are born alive during an abortion. The Senate will also soon take up other legislation that's already passed the House, that would outlaw all abortions after 20 weeks.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd talks to NPR's Susan Davis about the bills, and whether this fight over funding for Planned Parenthood is likely to lead to a government shutdown at the end of the month.

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  • Susan Davis, congressional reporter for NPR. She tweets @DaviSusan.

This segment aired on September 18, 2015.

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