This article originally appeared on GoErie.com on March 8, 2011.
Abortion opponents rally at congressman’s Erie office (Updated: 4:35 p.m.)
By David Bruce
A bus load of abortion opponents stopped in Erie this afternoon and took aim at Planned Parenthood.
Marilyn Musgrave, a former congresswoman and project director for the political action committee Susan B. Anthony List, said it’s time for the federal government to stop funding for the nationwide sexual and reproductive health-care provider.
“Planned Parenthood is all about abortion. We, as taxpayers, should not fund these activities that we find morally reprehensible,” Musgrave said during the 30-minute rally outside U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s office at the Erie Intermodal Transportation Center, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway.
The SBA List’s “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” tour came to Erie to support Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist. Kelly voted in February to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, which receives about $300 million in government funding a year.
The bill, part of a package of budget cuts, passed the House but the Senate has not yet considered it.
Kelly, who was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, could not be reached for comment.
Read more in Wednesday’s Erie Times-News and GoErie.com.