Planned Parenthood Launches Ads Against Vulnerable GOP Senators

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is launching ads targeting vulnerable Republican senators over talk of defunding the organization.

The ads will run in the home states of Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), all of whom face tough reelection races next year.

All four senators voted to advance legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who faces one of the toughest races next year, was the lone Republican senator to oppose the procedural motion, and he is not targeted in the ads.

Planned Parenthood has come under intense attack after the release of a series of undercover videos that showed officials with the group discussing the price of fetal tissue.

Republicans have launched several inquiries and have sought to cut off federal funding. Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million in annual federal funding.