Pro-Life Activists Embark on Anti-Abortion Tour

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- A group of women have started on a cross-country campaign to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.

The passengers of a charter bus who say their mission is to draw attention to the abortion debate called on elected officials to join their cause.

"That's why we care about who gets elected," said Marilyn Musgrave, project director for the Susan B. Anthony List. "Laws save lives. And we know that defunding Planned Parenthood is going to save lives of innocent unborn children."

Musgrave is the leader of the week-long tour. By the time the tour wraps up, they will make about 12 stops in 7 states.

Pro-life advocates feel that momentum is on their side. With a new Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives that has made defunding Planned Parenthood a top priority, they want to make sure pro-abortion lawmakers hear their message loud and clear.

"Planned Parenthood does not speak for women," said Jennifer Stefano, co-chair of the Loyal Opposition.

At a rally just north of Philadelphia, Penn., the group thanked Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., and Patrick Meehan, R-Penn., for their recent House votes to defund the abortion provider.

They believe voter outrage over out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C. should mean the end of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood -- especially in light of recent undercover video involving the organization's workers and actors posing as juvenile victims of sex trafficking.

"Instead of being rescued and protected and the abuse being reported, these clinics are covering up the abuse and are facilitating the abuse with these secret abortions," said Lila Rose, the head of the anti-abortion activist group LiveAction.

The campaign triggered a counter tour with Planned Parenthood supporters protesting at the same exact stops of the pro-life tour.

"Without Planned Parenthood, there's many women that wouldn't be able to afford their regular check-ups," said Lindzey Scott, a supporter of Planned Parenthood. "That wouldn't be able to afford monthly birth control and it would be devastating for all women."

Still, pro-life leaders say there's a simple solution.

"If you really want to do women's services, just separate the two," Musgrave said. "It's very easy to do. And don't ask our tax dollars to fund abortions, period."

They want the U.S. Senate to follow the House's lead and said they will continue applying pressure and rolling ahead with the 2012 elections in their sights.

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