Paul Ryan called a news conference today on Capitol Hill during which he announced that Republicans will strip all funding from Planned Parenthood. In a move they claim is part of the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it is exceptionally clear that their real motivation is the fact that Planned Parenthood provides abortion services, this despite the fact that absolutely zero federal funds are used for abortion services except in the case of rape or in life-or-death situations to the mother (under the “Hyde Amendment,” attached to every annual Congressional budget).
This will be a devastating move to countless women who would otherwise have little access to healthcare. CNN reported on Speaker Ryan’s announcement:
The vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood does receive funds preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests, breast cancer screening and other women’s health care services. Democrats also point out that much of the money the group received is through the Medicaid program, which reimburses health care clinics that provide care to those covered by the federal program.
Bernie Sanders jumped on the announcement via twitter.
House Republicans announced today that they will again attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. What an outrage. We need to fight back.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 5, 2017