House Republicans push bill through to defund Planned Parenthood
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Mark Wilson)

The U.S. House of Representatives, continuing its fight against women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, on Wednesday voted to strip the organization of its funding.


In a mostly partisan vote of 241-185, House Republicans passed the measure with the goal of attaching it to a stopgap funding bill to keep federal agencies operating in the fiscal year that begins on Thursday.

But the Senate is not expected to approve the Planned Parenthood defunding, thus leaving the temporary government spending measure untouched as it moves through Congress.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech)