Pro-Lifers Upset Over Continued Abortion Funding

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Pro-life groups are upset that the U.S. House of Representatives voted not to take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Family Research Council targeted the abortion provider in a webcast on human trafficking, Tuesday. The event took place as lawmakers approved a short-term budget that didn't specifically ban Planned Parenthood's government funding.

"They've been involved in covering up and facilitating sex trafficking and that's something that most Americans aren't aware that's happening in communities across this country," FRC president Tony Perkins said.

The group promoted an undercover video made by the pro-life group Live Action. The clips show Planned Parenthood employees conspiring with traffickers to provide health care and abortions to underage prostitutes.

Planned Parenthood supporters said the Live Action videos were heavily edited.

Big Budget Battle

The battle over the budget and abortion funding has proven to be a fiery mix on Capitol Hill.

In February, House Republicans moved to eliminate the $350 million Planned Parenthood receives because of the questionable tactics by some of the agency's workers. Representatives made their action part of a bill to fund the government through September.

But there's been no agreement with Senate Democrats on that bill -- forcing the House to pass two short-terms bills to keep the government running. Neither of them included a ban on Planned Parenthood funding.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told CBN News recently that he's not going to give the Democrats a rallying cry over a hot button social issue.

"We're not going to take any big chances on the fact that they're looking for an excuse to shut down the government," Boehner said.

"Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer they've been rooting for a government shutdown. We do not want to give them an excuse to do that," he added.

While Boehner seems determined to take away Planned Parenthood's federal funding in the long term, pro-life groups want that money taken away in the latest resolution, which would fund the government another three weeks.

"This is really not a game and the leadership doesn't consider it a game either," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. "But they're a lot of people who want a lot of things out of this (continuing resolution) and there's nothing more fundamental and important than life."

Pro-life groups said the failure to de-fund Planned Parenthood shows that the House is not serious about cutting spending.

Lawmakers Kicking the Can?

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood supporters were on the Hill lobbying to keep their funding. The House passed the latest short-term fix by a 271-158 vote, Tuesday.

The temporary budget cuts $6 billion from the government's spending, and keeps things running for another three weeks while lawmakers try to hammer out a long-term agreement.

Many conservative members voted against the measure because it didn't include the ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood. That put pressure on Boehner.

"Listen, I understand some of our members want to do more, but what is it in this bill to disagree with? Nothing," he said.

Some Tea Party members were also opposed.

"This is weak incrementalism in a time when we need bold and visionary leadership from Congress and the president," said Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. "Kicking the can down the road will not do."

Several social conservative groups have pressured the Republican leadership to keep funding for Planned Parenthood off the table.

However, President Barack Obama has said the budget is not the place to promote political or ideological ideas.

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