After 16 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. Look back at the 17 other times our country has closed its doors.
Sept. 30, 1977, to Oct. 13, 1977 (12 days): The Democratic-led House wanted to keep a ban on using Medicaid to pay for abortions, with one exception: if the mother's life was at risk. The Democratic-led Senate wanted to add exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's health, too. The existing policy was extended so differences could be worked out.
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