Mia Love tears up talking about Planned Parenthood

One of the House GOP’s most promising new members delivered an emotional appeal for defunding Planned Parenthood on Wednesday night, choking up as she condemned the organization.

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As Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) took her first question about Planned Parenthood in an interview with Fox News, she told host Lou Dobbs, “I get a little bit emotional just thinking about it.”

"This is not about a right or left issue; this is about right or wrong," she said, wiping a tear away.

“As long as I’m here, it’s my job to do whatever I can to get colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see what’s happening,” she said with wet cheeks, when asked about the millions of abortions each year. She added that she is motivated to act, in part, because of her role as a mother. 

Love, the first African-American Republican woman elected to Congress, is seen as a rising star in a party that struggles to reach both females and minorities.

She could also become an important voice for the party on abortion — an issue that has been particularly thorny for the 114th Congress.

Already this year, House Republican leadership had to abruptly withdraw a bill banning late-term abortions amid concerns from some female members about its language on rape.

On the Senate side, GOP leaders also ran into an embarrassing month-long battle over anti-human trafficking legislation that was nearly derailed by Hyde amendment language.  

House GOP leaders have so far ignored calls to hold a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, showing caution on the issue of abortion. A vote to defund the group failed in the Senate last month, lacking support from all but two Democrats.