According to a new report, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sent 6 armed security guards to prevent Planned Parenthood supporters from delivering over 87,000 signatures on a petition to keep him from moving forward with his plans to defund the organization.
The thing is, the federal government doesn’t actually “fund” Planned Parenthood. There’s no big check or bag of money that goes to the reproductive and sexual healthcare provider and their affiliate clinics throughout the country each year. Rather, the federal funds that do go to Planned Parenthood all happen in the form of reimbursements for services rendered through Medicaid, the federal and state program that provides health insurance to the working poor, and Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income Americans. Furthermore, because of the Hyde Amendment passed in 1976, no federal funding can in any way go toward abortion services; abortion is the only medical procedure explicitly banned from Medicaid coverage.
Ryan’s cowardly move inspired the Twitter hashtag #PaulRyanSoScared, and Twitter uses blasted Ryan mercilessly: