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 McConnellMitch McConnellSenate seeks deal on Trump nominees States sue to block last-minute Obama environmental rule GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday 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 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.
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NARAL Pro-Choice America also purchased TV ads last week slamming lawmakers for blocking the bill.