House votes for tighter restrictions on federal payments for abortions

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to impose tighter restrictions on federal payments for abortions, thrusting the issue of a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy into the polarizing politics of an election year.

The bill stands no chance of being passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate. But that mattered little to members of both parties, who seemed to relish the chance to accuse their opponents of blatantly twisting the issue to their political advantage.

The House vote was 227-188, mainly along party lines. Six Democrats voted yes, one Republican voted no, and another voted present.

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