With Musgrave, There's No Wiggle Room on Planned Parenthood Funding

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By Jude Seymour

The project director for one of Washington's most prominent anti-abortion groups said Wednesday that defunding Planned Parenthood must be included in any continuing budget resolution - even if its inclusion risks a government shutdown.

"It is nonnegotiable," said Marilyn Musgrave, a former Colorado congresswoman who visited Watertown to rally for the defunding. "We have an opportunity like no other time. Fiscal conservatives around this country are demanding that Washington rein in spending. Many of those folks are also social conservatives. We are joining together to say, 'Now is the time to defund.'"

While Musgrave, now at the Susan B. Anthony List, is certain in her conviction, her former House colleagues are reportedly wavering. Republican leaders, according to Politico, are growing increasingly unsure that they would risk shutting down government over this single issue.

Musgrave did not commit to a position when asked if defunding Planned Parenthood was more important than the government continuing to operate, but she did not dismiss the idea either.

"This is our goal right now: To defund Planned Parenthood," she replied.

Musgrave's pitch to about 40 supporters here was passionate, but so far Watertown's congressional representative remains unswayed.

"There's always hope when your member of Congress has yet another vote coming up soon," she said. "There's an opportunity for the congressman to do the right thing. Congressman Owens got a clear message tonight from constituents that we're willing - on a sidewalk in the sleet, cold - to give him a message - that they want him to vote to defund Planned Parenthood."

Congress is expected to next vote on a continuing resolution to keep government funded on or before March 18.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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