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Jerry Brown wades into abortion debate

February 17, 2011 |  4:07 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has written a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner asking him to preserve federal funds for organizations that perform abortions.

Brown wrote to Boehner, an Ohio Republican, that, given California's budget cuts, any further reduction of federal money to health clinics "could hardly come at a worse time."

At issue is a House Republican spending proposal  that would cut funds for contraception and cancer screenings to low-income families. The federal money does not pay for abortions, but supports groups that perform them, such as Planned Parenthood.

Read Brown's letter here.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento

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