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 McConnell15 senators miss votes despite McConnell's criticism of absentees Overnight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis | Kentucky governor's Medicaid lawsuit tossed Dem senator introduces proposal to rein in Trump on security clearances 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.

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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 AyotteNew Hampshire governor signs controversial voting bill Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process Shut the back door to America's opioid epidemic MORE (R-N.H.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate panel spars with Trump administration over treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children Senate study: Trump hasn’t provided adequate support to detained migrant children Senators introduce bill to change process to levy national security tariffs MORE (R-Ohio), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lawmakers raise concerns over research grants to colleges with Confucius Institutes Paid family leave could give new parents a much-needed lifeline GOP looks to injure Nelson over Russia comments MORE (R-Fla.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records To solve the southern border crisis, look past the border GOP senator on revoking security clearances: 'I don't want to see this become routine' MORE (R-Wis.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator pushes back on Trump’s attacks on Maxine Waters’s intelligence Pair of DC fundraisers aims to boost McCaskill challenger Kansas City mayoral candidate: Trump is trying to define patriotism MORE (R-Mo.).

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