Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced late Friday that he will "use every Senate rule" to force his Senate colleagues on the record after fellow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.
If Paul gets enough senators to sign his petition, he can go around McConnell and force a vote.
"I'm prepared to use every Senate rule at my disposal to force my colleagues on record whether they like it or not," Paul wrote Friday night. "Under Senate rules, if enough Senators are willing to stand with me and sign a petition demanding a vote, there will be no stopping you and me."
"The more I learn about Planned Parenthood's racket, aborting unborn children and then selling off their organs, the more my head spins," he wrote. "I'm not about to let Planned Parenthood off the hook. And I'm not about to let politicians and our media sweep this scandal under the rug."
Paul is referencing two recent undercover videos which show Planned Parenthood officials haggling the price of aborted fetal organs. In one video, Planned Parenthood Dr. Deborah Nucatola says: "You know, we've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm going to basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact," describing how she alters the abortion procedure to best harvest whatever organs are in demand.
"One video even showed Planned Parenthood officials squabbling over the price of aborted baby parts because one official joked she wanted to buy a Lamborghini," Paul wrote.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S. About 45 percent of Planned Parenthood's 2014 revenue — $540.6 million — was provided by taxpayer-funded government health services grants, an analysis of their annual report reveals.
Paul's petition to defund Planned Parenthood is his second buck to fellow McConnell's leadership; after Paul defied McConnell in May and killed a segment of the Patriot Act that enabled NSA mass data collection on Americans.
Rival Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, garnered headlines with a viral video where he accused Sen. Majority Leader McConnell on the Senate floor this week of "flat-out" lying for the last-minute addition of an amendment that would extend the unpopular Export-Import Bank, while excluding amendments he had offered to a "must-pass" highway bill.
Paul's two amendments, one to defund Planned Parenthood, and another to arm service members on military bases, were also blocked using a maneuver called "filling the tree" that was a favorite of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., during his time as Senate Majority Leader.
The multi-billion highway bill the senators wished to add their amendments to is considered "must-pass" legislation because it will fund highways, roads and mass transit systems over the next ten years.
Paul hopes he can garner the signatures for his bill and win support from the pro-life community, after he earned kudos in April when he turned a "rape and life of the mother" abortion question around on a reporter and asked: "Why don't we ask the DNC: Is it okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she's OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is just not yet born."
The Senate will be in session Sunday and voting could extend throughout the week, depending on what maneuvers the senators make.