Group protests Planned Parenthood at Boehner's West Chester office

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Washington, D.C.-based Operation Rescue/Insurrecta Nex protested Planned Parenthood Monday morning at the West Chester office of Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester).

The group's mission is to defund Planned Parenthood in an upcoming resolution. Planned Parenthood provides contraception and health care to millions of women and girls.

"Put the babies first. Mass murder of innocent babies is much more important than the economy. Start acting like it," said David Lewis, a protestor.

The same group held a protest outside Boehner's office in Washington, D.C. that resulted in six arrests. Operation Rescue says they want nothing less 100 percent defunding of Planned Parenthood and have begun a search for Boehner's replacement.

Similar protests will take place over the next few days in Indianapolis, Dayton and Columbus.

Republicans passed legislation in the House calling for $61 billion in cuts. The bill also contains prohibitions on proposed regulations aimed at several industries and against giving taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio's CEO Becki Brenner says the clinic does more than just provide abortions. She says the clinic gives patient cancer screens, birth control, STD screenings and more. Some of that care is given for free.

"So, in communities where you have a high unemployment rate, 50 to 60 percent of the patients that come into our offices don't pay anything," says Brenner.

A spokeswoman for Boehner issued the following statement: "As a pro-life conservative, Congressman Boehner has made clear his opposition to taxpayer dollars funding organizations such as Planned Parenthood.  He supports the Pence amendment, and is pleased that the open process in the House he has promoted led to the amendment's inclusion in the spending cut legislation passed by the House last month."

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