Protestors want the state to initiate an investigation and remove any state funds that might go to the organization’s healthcare services.
The “movie” Cornyn referred to would be a rerun of the 2013 government shutdown brought on by Cruz’s gambit to defund Obamacare in the federal budget.
McConnell said he is “anxious” to stop distributing funds to Planned Parenthood but “the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view”. Representatives from Planned Parenthood and the Center for Medical Progress were not scheduled to appear.
The same day the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to “expose” Planned Parenthood’s “horrific abortion practices”, members of another House committee announced that their federal investigation into the family planning provider has so far turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
Paul, a Republican presidential contender, said the American people need “leadership in Washington, and we should demand nothing less than a separate vote” on the funding of Planned Parenthood.
Smith reminded the congressman that about 60 percent of women who seek an abortion have at least one child, and she told him that access to contraception reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies – and thus, abortions.
“We’re not asking for a government shutdown“, said Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, the program’s host.
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The videos were produced and posted by an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress, which alleges Planned Parenthood has improperly sold fetal tissue for profit.
GOP presidential hopeful Sen. She said Planned Parenthood operates 18 clinics that reach thousands of people and provide comprehensive sex education.
Boehner also dismissed a question about whether he was really in control of the House Republican conference after an internal battle over strategy on the Iran bill and other items.
McConnell’s move could set up a vote on the ban somewhere between the final debate on the Iran deal and the end of the month, when the Senate will have to pass a spending bill to keep the government funded.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood noted a long history of sting videos by abortion opponents dating back to 2000. According to Politico Republican party leaders are rushing to find a way to avoid the inevitable media catastrophe that will occur if they don’t figure out a solution to this Planned Parenthood debacle before funding dries up in three weeks.