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Pro-Lifers Wants Planned Parenthood Defunding in Tax Reform

Pro-Lifers Wants Planned Parenthood Defunding in Tax Reform
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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 11:47 AM

The pro-life community is upset with the Republican Party for not defunding Planned Parenthood and is now hoping lawmakers can do so via tax reform.

Marilyn Musgrave, a vice president of the anti-abortion activist group Susan B. Anthony List, told The Hill her organization is not happy with Republicans for failing to accomplish healthcare reform after years of promising to do so.

"The failures to pass repeal and replace, including redirecting those dollars to other providers that don't do abortions, has been incredibly disappointing to us," Musgrave said.

"It didn't happen under healthcare, so now we're asking that under the 2018 reconciliation bill, Congress redirect these dollars."

GOP lawmakers, however, aren't sure that would be the best idea.

"I don't think we should do anything that compromises passing tax reform," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told The Hill.

Noted House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.: "I don't see that happening. I'm a big one on defunding Planned Parenthood and pro-life measures, but I don't see it being included in reconciliation instructions."

The Republican-controlled Congress has failed on multiple occasions this year to repeal and replace Obamacare, something they had promised to do for years once a Republican became president. The latest effort involved giving money to states to set up health insurance platforms, but that never got to a vote because of a lack of support in the Senate.

House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated this week that lawmakers would have another bill to repeal and replace Obamacare by the end of the year.

It also was reported that Democrats are welcoming the GOP's efforts to erase Obamacare because they think the ongoing debate could help the left in the 2018 midterm elections.

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