By Jason Millman - 03/02/11 05:40 PM EST
Shortly after the Senate passed a two-week stopgap measure to keep the government running, anti-abortion advocates re-energized their fight against Planned Parenthood.
The continuing resolution (CR) sent to President Obama Wednesday morning, designed to give Democratic and Republican lawmakers more time to hammer out a longer-term spending bill, avoided the most controversial aspects of a seven-month measure House Republicans approved two weeks ago. That spending bill included language from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that would block federal funds from Planned Parenthood, as well as several other provisions that would prevent funding for the new healthcare reform law.
The two-week CR was seen a necessary stopgap because the Democratic-controlled Senate was unwilling to approve those provisions, as well as larger spending cuts in the House bill.
Americans United for Life Action (AULA) on Thursday quickly challenged the Senate to include Planned Parenthood defunding language in the next longer-term CR.
“The onus is now on the Senate to ensure that Americans are no longer forced to fund the nation’s largest abortion provider with their tax dollars,” said AULA President Charmaine Yoest in a statement. “The Government ought to spend its time and our money funding things that matter to the American people — not subsidizing the abortion industry and funding corrupt organizations like Planned Parenthood.”
A handful of Senate Democrats have offered prominent support for Planned Parenthood in the past few weeks, as Republicans in the lower chamber have backed Planned Parenthood defunding and other legislation limiting abortion services.