(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner is stepping up his attacks against Planned Parenthood, the partially public-funded organization that offers several health care services to low-income women.
Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, Boehner vigorously supported a recent House vote that defunds the organization entirely, a move that would strip it of more than $75 million in government cash.
Currently, the organization is allowed to apply government subsidies to all services except abortion procedures. Critics argue that restriction is too limited, saying that applying the government's money to other procedures leaves more of the group's own cash on hand to allocate to abortion-related services.
"The goal here again is to cut spending and keep the government open," Boehner said of the move to defund the organization, in an interview published Sunday. "I met with a lot of religious leaders earlier today to talk about the strategy and I think it's important that we understand that what we want to do here is win the war not just win a battle and there will be an opportunity sometime in order to win the big war and we're looking for that opportunity."
The defunding vote from the lower chamber came as part of a continuing resolution that included dramatic spending cuts across a range of programs. The Democrat-controlled Senate is set to consider the spending bill this week and is likely to reject a significant amount of the GOP's spending cuts, including those that affect Planned Parenthood.
But despite Boehner's support of defunding the group – a move that has long been supported by social conservatives – the House Speaker says he's not willing to shut down the government over that measure alone.
"There are a lot of options on the table but I don't think in the short term, the CR (continuing resolution) is the opportunity we're looking for," Boehner said
The interview comes a day before Planned Parenthood launched a new ad week-long $200,000 ad campaign on radio, cable and television networks in the Washington, DC market seeking to raise awareness for the variety of services it provides and apply pressure to the Senate ahead of its budget vote.
The spot features Carolyn Smithers, a woman who says she was diagnosed early at a Planned Parenthood facility with cervical cancer.
"Without Planned Parenthood, I wouldn't be here today," she says.