House GOP Offers Anti-Abortion Bills in Effort to Avert Shutdown

House Republican leaders gave conservative lawmakers the hard sell Tuesday on two anti-abortion bills that will get a vote this week, hoping the measures will appease members whose demand to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood threatens a government shutdown at the end of the month.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office put out a strongly worded statement condemning Planned Parenthood for selling fetal body parts, vowing to continue a congressional probe of the organization and touting the two anti-abortion bills.

“Whether or not anything illegal was done, what is happening is wrong, and the callousness by which babies are killed and their organs are harvested for scientific research is the definition of barbarism,” Mr. McCarthy’s office said in the statement. “No American should ever be forced to support such an organization with their tax dollars.”