Planned Parenthood targets GOP lawmakers amid ObamaCare protests

Planned Parenthood targets GOP lawmakers amid ObamaCare protests
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Planned Parenthood is gearing up for numerous rallies and events scheduled during recess week, hoping to build on the momentum from the recent protests at GOP lawmakers’ town halls.

Starting on Saturday as lawmakers head back to their home states for Presidents Day, the women’s health organization will be holding rallies, events and town halls across the country — many of them organized by supporters through Planned Parenthood’s "Defenders" program.

The move comes as congressional Republicans look to block the organization from receiving federal parents as part of an ObamaCare repeal. While federal money already can't be spent on funding abortions, anti-abortion groups and legislators want to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal healthcare money for providing other women's health services.

Planned Parenthood says it has 300 events planned throughout the month of February, with many of them concentrated during recess week. Some of those events include a rally outside Alaska’s statehouse and a rally in Milwaukee, Wis. on Feb. 25 to tout the organization’s support and push back on efforts to defund it.

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Patients from Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanTougher Russia sanctions bill facing another setback CNN's Kohn, Ben Shapiro in Twitter spat after controversial 'killing spree' Ryan tweet Ryan: 'Prayers are being answered' for Scalise's recovery MORE’s district are planning to attend. Last month, the Wisconsin Republican said that defunding Planned Parenthood will be part of ObamaCare repeal.

There will also be two town halls in Nevada: one in Reno next Wednesday and another in Las Vegas next Thursday. The group said it will be contacting and showing up at Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerOvernight Healthcare: GOP infighting erupts over bill | How Republican governors could bring down ObamaCare repeal | Schumer asks Trump to meet with Dems GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill Budowsky: Rising up vs. TrumpCare MORE’s (R-Nev.) office to invite him to attend. Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, is Senate Democrats’ biggest target in the midterm elections.

Protesters have been flooding town halls in lawmakers’ home states, including those of Reps. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz: Money 'partly' responsible for decision to leave Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report Chaffetz to join Fox News as a contributor MORE (R-Utah) and Diane BlackDiane BlackRift opens in GOP over budget strategy Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes House budget plan delayed again over welfare cuts MORE (R-Tenn.), particularly over the looming battle over ObamaCare and pushing back on repeal of former President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

But House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin BradyTougher Russia sanctions bill facing another setback House chairman calls on Senate to redo Russia sanctions bill before recess GOP chairman: More tax-reform hearings coming in July MORE (R-Texas) pushed back against the protests addressing the fate of the law, saying they won’t change GOP plans to repeal and replace it.

Planned Parenthood has been a flashpoint in political campaigns and congressional politics.

Trump has previously said Planned Parenthood “has done very good work for millions of women,” but has also said the organization won’t be funded if it still performs abortions.

The group released a poll in January that found that half of likely voters would be less likely to support Heller and Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOPINION: ObamaCare by another name is still ObamaCare Senate should seek to retain its 'blue slip' tradition for judicial nominees Progressives target Heller and Flake on Senate GOP bill MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2018 if they voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

But the survey stands in contrast to a poll conducted by the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List that found a majority of voters in six 2018 battlegrounds would be less likely to support the Democratic senators representing those states if they vote to maintain funding.

This week, the House will be challenging Obama’s rule that bans states from withholding federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers and centers that perform abortions for political reasons.