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New state budget would cut funding to Planned Parenthood

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Lawmakers in Lansing have sent Governor Rick Snyder a new state budget with a provision that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature approved the $56.8 billion budget for next year on Tuesday. 

The Detroit News reports the controversial Planned Parenthood language would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to favor family planning clinics that don't offer abortions, unless there are no alternative providers in the same county.

State law already prohibits direct use of public money for abortions, but the governor and the legislature disagree on that provision - setting up a potential showdown over its enforcement.

The governor's office has stated parts of the provision may be unconstitutional, because it could conflict with current state law.

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