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Budget committee stops money for abortion clinics

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled budget committee has voted to disallow any abortion providers in Wisconsin, or those affiliated with those that perform abortions or make referrals, from receiving a state grant targeted for women's health programs.

Gov. Scott Walker wanted to eliminate all $1.9 million a year in state taxpayer money for the grant program.

The budget committee tried to strike a compromise Wednesday that keeps the grant program running but disallows the money going to abortion providers.

State law already prohibits using taxpayer money for abortions, unless medically necessary. The committee's action would prohibit any of the money under the grant program going for other women's health services provided by those that also offer abortions.

The change must pass the full Legislature and be approved by Walker before taking effect.

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