Paul Ryan promises to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood in Obamacare repeal

<p>Rep. Paul Ryan is sworn in as House Speaker • October 29th, 2015</p>

Speaker Ryan said Thursday that Republicans would slash federal dollars for Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare.

 

via the Star Tribune / Associated Press:

Paul Ryan promises to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood in Obamacare repeal

January 5, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republicans would slash federal dollars for Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP effort to repeal the health care law.

Ryan spoke a day after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services, for its practices regarding providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. […]

“The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan said.

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Cutting off Planned Parenthood from taxpayer money is a long-sought dream of social conservatives, but it’s a loser in the minds of some GOP strategists. Planned Parenthood is loathed by anti-abortion activists who are the backbone of the GOP coalition. […]

The defunding effort could also complicate Obamacare repeal in the Senate, where at least one GOP member — Susan Collins of Maine — cited the defunding language in opposing the repeal effort in late 2015. Last year’s elections thinned Republican ranks in the Senate to 52, so only a handful of GOP defections are possible if the repeal measure is going to pass.

Asked Wednesday about party efforts to tie the effort to defund Planned Parenthood to Obamacare repeal, Collins said, “that’s of concern to me as well, but I don’t want to prejudge what’s in the … bill.” (Read More)

 

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