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How Minnesota's Congressional delegates voted on today's Planned Parenthood bill

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There was a surprising decision from one member of Minnesota's congressional delegation in Friday's vote to slash federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The controversial bill, appropriately titled the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 54 votes.

Not surprisingly, all of Minnesota's Republican delegates voted "yes" on the GOP-backed bill (only three Republicans in congress voted "no"), but one Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson, broke from his party and supported cutting financial money to the nationwide health service.

The DFL'er from the 7th District (which covers most of western Minnesota) was joined by just one other Democrat in voting for the bill, the vote tally indicates.

According to the Associated Press, the measure comes amid controversy over a recent series of videos which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

The bill would halt the flow of federal money to Planned Parenthood for a year, though under current law, virtually none of that money can be used for abortions, the news service points out.

As for Minnesota's Republican delegates, Rep. John Kline tweeted his enthusiastic and pro-life-based support of the bill Friday morning:

And while Rep. Tom Emmer backed the legislation, he was not among the 31 GOP leaders who recently signed a letter vowing to trigger a government shutdown if federal funding to Planned Parenthood isn't cut off, the Star Tribune notes.

"Rep. Emmer does not believe that shutting down the federal government is something that should be used as a threat or as a negotiating tool," a spokeswoman told the paper, which notes that the measure was put forward by Republic leadership in "hopes of assuaging some of the members who signed the letter."

NPR adds that the bill isn't likely to get very far, however – the Senate is not expected to pass it, and President Obama has vowed to veto the legislation.

The chart below shows how each of Minnesota's delegates voted:

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