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Planned Parenthood reacts to House proposal to cut federal funding

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho is responding to recent efforts to cut government funding from the organization.

The House of Representatives approved a proposal Friday to remove federal funding from the group as part of a spending bill. Supporters argue that the government should not give money to an organization that promotes abortion.

Gina Popovic is the executive vice president for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. She says the organization has tried to promote local programs this week.

"We really wanted our communities to know that we are here to protect cancer screening," she said. "We're here for non-judgmental care, if you need testing and treatment, we are a trusted partner."

More than 260 staff and volunteers held rallies at Planned Parenthood offices across Washington.

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana has lead the effort to remove funding from the group.

"By banning funding to Planned Parenthood," Pence said according to NBC News. "Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America."

The proposal is not expected to pass in the U.S. Senate.

Popovic says the organization is also trying to keep family planning funding in the state budget.