Planned Parenthood ads hit GOP over delayed anti-trafficking bill

Planned Parenthood ads hit GOP over delayed anti-trafficking bill
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Planned Parenthood’s political arm is launching an ad campaign that accuses Senate Republicans of stalling a human anti-trafficking bill and “playing politics with women’s health.”

The paid ads will run online in seven battleground states next week, targeting key GOP senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes MORE (R-Ky.).

“These members have made combating human trafficking a top priority, yet are delaying aid in order to advance an extreme agenda that takes away abortion access for women in already vulnerable situations,” the group wrote in a statement.

The group blasted the anti-trafficking bill as “one of nearly 30 attempts to limit abortion access” since the GOP-controlled Congress began in 2015.

The bill has been at a standstill over the last month, although one advocate said it could resurface as early as next week.

The anti-trafficking bill, which would increase resources for law enforcement and trafficking victims, was expected to be a bipartisan success in the Senate. Democrats, however, are objecting to the legislation because it includes the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds on abortions.

If the legislation passed with the abortion language intact, a victims fund that gets its money through criminal finds would be subjected to the abortion restrictions. Democrats argue that is an expansion of the Hyde amendment, which they say is normally limited to appropriations bills.

The other members targeted include Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years MORE (R-N.H.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Tax rules will be subject to more OMB review under new memo Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today MORE (R-Ohio), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE (R-Fla.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Homeland Security official says Russia likely targeted more than 21 states | Senate approves Trump's NSA chief | Lawmakers unveil bipartisan internet privacy bill Senate panel to examine Trump officials' election security efforts GOP senator: Congress needs ‘to move on’ from Russia probe MORE (R-Wis.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenators fume over fight to change rules for Trump's nominees GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees McCaskill outpaces GOP opponent by more than million MORE (R-Mo.).

NARAL Pro-Choice America also purchased TV ads last week slamming lawmakers for blocking the bill.