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Congress isn't in session this week, but that didn't stop anti-abortion protesters from blocking the hallway outside of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn't there, and the six demonstrators were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly, the Associated Press reported. The protest was meant to pressure Republican leaders to stick with the $317 million defunding of Planned Parenthood that was part of the $61 billion spending reduction included last week in a House-approved budget bill.

That bill goes to the Senate next week with a March 4 deadline for passage to avert a shutdown of many government services -- barring enactment of another stopgap budget.

The protesters collared outside of Boehner's suite were said to be followers of anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, the AP and USA Today reported. Boehner is an opponent of abortion, but the demonstrators fear the Planned Parenthood cuts will be bargained away in negotiations between the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Terry, in an op-ed in the Washington Times Tuesday, wrote that "we can prevail and defund Planned Parenthood in this continuing resolution" by attempting to save the cut in the Senate or in a joint conference committee. If all else fails, Terry said anti-abortion forces should try to persuade 30 to 35 GOP House members to hold the spending bill hostage by telling Boehner they won't vote for "any final continuing resolution ... if it restores funding to Planned Parenthood."

Federal law bars taxpayer money from being used to finance abortions. But the sponsor of the defunding amendment, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), argued that the government should not subsidize any activities of an abortion provider, such as Planned Parenthood. The group has used its federal money for family planning services, breast and cervical cancer testing, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care and other services.

But the organization got in hot water over a video made by an anti-abortion group that purports to show a Planned Parenthood employee in New Jersey giving inappropriate advice about health services for underage sex workers to a man posing as a pimp.

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iinfinitii1

Boehner is doing everything he can to give Nacy Pelosi her old job back. Attacking women's rights and healthcare what a guy!

February 24 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tara*

This sort of activity just prove the ignorance of the anti-abortion demonstrators. What part of it already being illegal for federal funds to be used for abortions don't these people get? So defunding the whole Planned Parenthood system would ONLY result in defunding all the OTHER things they do, like birth control and prenatal care for those who are "choosing" life instead of abortions. They pretend to be for life at all costs, but then do things to make choosing life, or at least avoiding abortions through proper birth control, all that more impossible for those without insurance. They aren't about life...they are about CONTROL....and clinging to their ignorance like it's the the new badge of patriotic honor.

February 24 2011 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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truthforfreedom

So what? Why should my tax dollars go to planned parenthood? Don't you think they are strong enough that they could get out there and get the funding they need from all you supporters?

February 24 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
bmengreen

Cutting funding for Planned Parenthood would have precisely the opposite effect of reducing abortions. It would result in more unplanned pregnancies, STD's, as well as unchecked opportunity for TB and other diseases of epidemic potential. There is nothing wrong with women, or men, trying to prevent pregnancy... and thereby preventing the need for abortion. The US is one of the only "first-world" countries that does NOT provide adequate health care, education and birth control equally for all. Better sex education, health care, and access to medical care would reduce the rate of abortion in this country. Limiting access to care will not. Planned Parenthood is one of our first lines of defense against disease (and ignorance) in this country and we should not abandon it based on partisan politics.

February 24 2011 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
msmichlee

We should demand the cut federal money going to prescription companies that make viagra so the rapist and the sex affenders don't get their hands on it. We should cut federal funding for doctors and prescription companies that supply drug attacks with pain killer and other drugs to sell our kids so they can overdose. This is the most rediculous thing I have ever heard. There is already laws forbidding federal monies for abortions. This is just the extremist repubican party wasting the peoples time and money. When will they actually cut the programs that created the deficit in the first place???

February 24 2011 at 1:02 AM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply
rideinthepark

Look,the bottomline is this,dictating to women what they can or cant do or what they should or shouldnt do when they find themselves in the position of abortion is simply not rational,as it does not have the best interest of the situation at heart.As a woman,i dont want others making decisions for me,especially men who have no clue what it is to even be pregnant or be forced to carry a pregnancy to term.I mean get serious,the last thing a woman needs is harrassment from people to do what they feel is right for her.She needs to do what is right for herself.When it comes to abortion,not every situation is the same for every woman and not all of us appreciate those pushing their personal agendas.Let women live their lives and deal with such issues on their own terms!

February 24 2011 at 1:01 AM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply
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skudaarkaat

I love the way you women are always yelling about your "reproductive rights!" What about the rights of the father? A woman can do whatever she wants to or with the fetus, yet the only "right" a father has is to pay child support if she chooses to keep the kid, yet he has NO rights if she chooses to get rid of it. If you women want all the "rights", that's fine. But you should have to take ALL the responsibility to go with them.

February 24 2011 at 2:49 AM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply
markleann7787

It's not a matter of dictating to a woman what she can or can't do with her life. However, it is a matter of telling her what she can or cannot do with the life of another...the child. I would hope that you would want others to take a stand for you if someone were trying to take your life from you and you were in a helpless position in which you could not save yourself. As for someone making a decision for you...it's not your decision to make. You should make a cautious decision not to get pregnant rather than find yourself in the position in which you would contemplate murdering a baby. Sorry. I know those words are harsh, but it's the simple truth. That's exactly what abortion is. May God have mercy on us.

February 24 2011 at 8:54 AM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
birdiyama

Sex education can prevent abortions!Give people the tools to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and prevent abortions. The funds are public funds not yours.

February 24 2011 at 12:45 AM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply
billn boston

Hey John Boehner, Where's the Jobs?
You told us that the GOP has taken over to get Jobs and control spending.
Well, where's the Jobs?
You're too tied up with changing Roe v Wade and chasing the chicks to worry about the Jobs?

February 23 2011 at 11:42 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
Steven

It's amazing how the left has transformed since the civil rights era when THEY were arrested for protesting inhumanity. The tables have turned. Why the sudden trust in government and the establishment? Face it, liberals ARE "big brother, they ARE the "man".

February 23 2011 at 11:31 PM Report abuse -18 rate up rate down Reply
bocaneuman

First you kill health care and then you go after health care providers. The short-sightedness of these people is frightening. Ignorance is pervasive in this country and when these folks finally wakeup they'll have nothing left.

February 23 2011 at 11:25 PM Report abuse +24 rate up rate down Reply
averyek

This is hysterical. Who protests to someone on their side on a day when they aren't even there? And they got arrested to! On a far more serious note, these people are completely horrible. Planned Parenthood doesn't just perform abortions, I've been there countless times for pap smears, and I know someone that goes there to get mamograms because breat cancer runs in her family. Revoking funding for such a critical provider of services is terrible! A lot of people don't have anywhere else that they can get healthcare of this nature.

February 23 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply

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