Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday he disagrees with the Republican House effort to cut off support for Planned Parenthood as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.
"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."
Conservatives in the House have demanded Congress end funding for the organization because of its abortion services and last month passed an amendment, largely along party lines, to end funding. Although current law prevents the use of federal money for abortion procedures, critics argue the money guarantees the organization has the resources to provide the operation.
Brown, a freshman senator from a historically Democratic state, is up for reelection in 2012 and is the latest Republican to break with his party over funding for the non-profit organization. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susah Collins of Maine have also raised concerns about cutting off funding, an issue sure to receive attention as the Senate and House debate how to continue funding the government when the current continuing resolution expires April 8.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee used Brown's statement to criticize him in an email to supporters Tuesday.
"If Scott Brown felt this way, he should have shown some backbone and opposed these cuts in the first place," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter said in a statement.
The statement pointed to Brown's support of the Republican budget passed earlier in March that cut all funding for Planned Parenthood.