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“It has been horrifying to me, and I am really thankful that the media is beginning to cover that case, because it is atrocious,” Mrs. Blackburn said.

She said the charges are proof that federal funds should not be used for abortion.

Federal funding bills often include “Hyde Amendment” language that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, although it’s not a permanent law.

•This article was based in part on wire service reports.